Deferoxamine binds to iron and removes it from the blood stream. Deferoxamine is used to treat iron overload caused by blood transfusions in adults and children at least 3 years old. Deferoxamine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Deferoxamine is a generic drug that treats chronic iron overload and acute iron poisoning that are brought about by anemias requiring the frequent transfusion of blood. Deferoxamine is an iron-chelating agent that belongs to the category of medication antidotes, chelating agents and has a brand name Desferal. Deferoxamine drugs act by attaching to the excess iron in your blood thus eliminated from the body later.