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Deferoxamine Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Deferoxamine is also known as: Desferal

Medically reviewed on January 16, 2018

Deferoxamine Pregnancy Warnings

Animal studies showed delayed ossification and skeletal anomalies. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

AU TGA pregnancy category B3: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals have shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage, the significance of which is considered uncertain in humans.

US FDA pregnancy category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

This drug should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

AU TGA pregnancy category: B3
US FDA pregnancy category: C

See references

Deferoxamine Breastfeeding Warnings

A decision should be made to discontinue breastfeeding or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Excreted into human milk: Unknown
Excreted into animal milk: Data not available

See references

References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. Desferal (deferoxamine)." Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, NJ.
  2. "Product Information. Deferoxamine Mesylate (deferoxamine)." Hospira Inc, Lake Forest, IL.
  3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
  4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Desferal (deferoxamine)." Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, NJ.
  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  3. "Product Information. Deferoxamine Mesylate (deferoxamine)." Hospira Inc, Lake Forest, IL.

Further information

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