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What should I know about deferasirox before taking it?

Deferasirox can cause fatal reactions in people who have underlying conditions or who are elderly. Blood tests will be performed because deferasirox may affect the kidneys, liver or blood. The blood tests will be performed every month or more frequently if there is an increased risk of complications (e.g., pre-existing kidney condition, 65 years of age and older, multiple medical conditions or taking medicine that affects the organs). There have been reports of severe kidney and liver problems, blood disorders, stomach bleeds and death in patients taking deferasirox.

Talk to your doctor about any medical conditions or medications you are taking before taking deferasirox. Some medications, such as birth control pills, are rendered less effective when taking deferasirox. It causes different reactions in many people, including dizziness and diarrhea. Be sure to understand how the medication affects you, and prepare for dealing with those effects.

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