Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Deferasirox exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor. Do not stop this medicine unless your doctor has advised you to do so.
Take Deferasirox on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before food. Take it at the same time everyday.
Disperse the tablet in a glass of water, orange or apple juice. Stir well. Drink the entire contents immediately. If there is any residue left in the glass, add a small amount of water and drink the entire content. If you use juice, first disperse the tablets in about 2 tablespoons of water, before diluting with juice.
DO NOT swallow, chew or crush the tablet. Do not disperse the tablet in milk or fizzy drinks.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have liver disease, low white blood cell counts or other blood disorders.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
For as long as you are being treated with Deferasirox, you will need to have regular blood tests to check your body's response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have blood tests.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take Deferasirox together with other similar medicines that remove excess iron from your body such as desferroxamine.
Alert your doctor if you suffer from kidney disease.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Deferasirox is used to remove excess iron in your body. Iron may build up in your body after repeated blood transfusions.
Too much iron in your body can damage your vital organs, such as the heart and the liver.
What side effects could I experience?
Common side effects of Deferasirox include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, cough, sore throat, rash and dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of these side effects:
- changes in vision or hearing
- weight gain of more than 5 pounds (2.3 kg) a week
- swelling in the legs or arms
- reduced urine output
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- dark urine
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- shortness of breath
- unusual tiredness
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- antacids that contain aluminium
- medicines for fits (epilepsy) such as lamotrigine, carbamazepine or valproic acid
- lithium (a medicine for treating mental illness)
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.