Specialty Drug
DEFERASIROX binds to iron in the blood. It helps to prevent and treat too much iron in the blood caused by blood transfusions. Compare metal chelators.

Exjade Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. You will need important blood work, vision tests, and hearing tests done while you are taking this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

Avoid taking antacids containing aluminum at the same time as this medicine.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Abdominal or stomach pain



earache or pain in the ear


voice changes




blurred vision

change in hearing

change in vision

pain or discomfort in the eye

Incidence not known

Black, tarry stools

bleeding gums

blood in the urine or stools

dark-colored urine

decrease in urine amount

general feeling of tiredness or weakness

hives or welts or skin rash

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs


light-colored stools

lower back or side pain

pale skin

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

redness, soreness or itching of the skin

sores, welting, or blisters

stomach pain, continuing

unusual bleeding or bruising

vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds

yellow eyes or skin

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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