Class/mechanism: Iron chelating agent; chelates iron from ferritin and hemosiderin but not easily from transferrin. Does not combine with iron from hemoglobin and cytochromes. The chelate is soluble in water and is excreted by the kidney (as well as the bile), which causes urine to appear reddish.
Route: IM, SC, IV
Extravasation: no information
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Also known as
- Generic names: desferrioxamine B, desferoxamine B, DFO-B, DFOA, DFB
- Brand name: Desferal