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Treating Thalassemia: Chelation - Comprehensive Desferal Guide

Comprehensive Desferal Guide
▶ Introduction
▶ Desferal toxicity
▶ Desferal supplies
▶ How to administer
▶ Side Effects
▶ Storage
Treatment: Chelation
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Common Side Effects

The area around the injection site may become red, itchy, swollen and painful. These 'bumps ' are normal and may take 3-7 days to go away. A warm towel can often relieve some of the pain and swelling from the "bumps." Your doctor may recommend another medication called Hydrocortisone which may relieve the itching.

Please tell your doctor or nurse if one or more of these symptoms occur at the injection site:

Uncommon Side Effects

Occasionally Desferal can cause serious side effects. If any of these symptoms occur, please stop the Desferal and call your doctor immediately:

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