Desferal – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 by

Desferal (generic name: deferoxamine) is a drug used to treat iron overload, in particular, those from blood transfusions. The drug works by binding to iron and removing it from the bloodstream.

Known health risks or side effects of Desferal

The use of Desferal may result in an allergic reaction. Immediately seek medical attention if the following side effects are seen.

  • Hives
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Headaches, sometimes accompanied by a fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling in the face, lips, tongue, or throat

Consult a healthcare professional if you experience:

  • Coughing, wheezing, gasping, or trouble breathing
  • Urinating less than usual, dark-colored urine
  • Extreme tiredness, drowsiness
  • Mood changes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling or abnormal weight gain
  • Pain in the upper stomach
  • Jaundice
  • Seizures

List of organs that might be affected by side effects of Desferal

The side effects of Desferal can affect the musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems. In rare cases, it can affect the skin, as well as the nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems.

Food items, nutrients that may help with the side effects of Desferal

In the event of dark-colored (or even bloody) urine, the following food items can help manage the condition.

  • Cumin seeds – Roast half a teaspoon of cumin in oil and add into a warm cup of milk.
  • Aloe vera – Boil in sugar and water, then drink.
  • Plantain seeds – Add seeds to a mixture of boiled plantain leaves and water.
  • Cranberry juice

Treatments, management options for the side effects of Desferal

To relieve pain and headache caused by Desferal:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Place a cold compress on your forehead
  • Soak your feet in a hot water
  • Exercise
  • Use steam to relieve congestion

Where to learn more

Summary

Desferal is used to treat iron overload from blood transfusions.

Desferal works by binding to iron and removing it from the bloodstream.

Desferal can affect the musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems, as well as the skin and the nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems.

Food items that can relieve side effects of Desferal include cumin seeds, aloe vera, plantain seeds, and cranberry juice.

Sources include:

Drugs.com 1

Drugs.com 2

Home-Remedies-For-You.com

BelmarraHealth.com



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