What happens if I miss a dose (Exjade)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Exjade)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking deferasirox (Exjade)?
While you are taking deferasirox, do not take antacids that contain aluminum, such as Amphojel, Gaviscon, Maalox, Mi-Acid, Mylanta, Rulox, and others.
Do not use other iron chelating medicines such as deferoxamine (Desferal), unless your doctor has told you to.
Deferasirox may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What other drugs will affect deferasirox (Exjade)?
Many drugs can interact with deferasirox. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- alendronate (Fosamax), etidronate (Didronel), ibandronate (Boniva), pamidronate (Aredia), risedronate (Actonel), or zoledronic acid (Reclast, Zometa);
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin), rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rifamate), telithromycin (Ketek), and others;
- birth control pills;
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- cancer medication such as paclitaxel (Taxol) or tamoxifen (Soltamox);
- cholesterol-lowering drugs such as cholestyramine (Prevalite, Questran), atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev, Advicor), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin);
- heart or blood pressure medications such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), amlodipine (Norvasc, Lotrel), carvedilol (Coreg), diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), felodipine (Plendil), losartan (Hyzaar, Cozaar), nifedipine (Adalat), nisoldipine (Sular), torsemide (Demadex), or verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin);
- heart rhythm medication such as quinidine (Quin-G);
- HIV medicines such as indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra), saquinavir (Invirase), and others;
- medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune) or tacrolimus (Prograf);
- montelukast (Singulair) or zafirlukast (Accolate);
- an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), and others;
- a sedative such as alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), midazolam (Versed), or triazolam (Halcion);
- seizure medications such as fosphenytoin (Cerebyx) or phenytoin (Dilantin);
- steroids such as prednisone, fluticasone (Advair), mometasone (Asmanex, Nasonex), dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol) and others;
- sulfa drugs (Bactrim, Septra, Sulfatrim, SMX-TMP, and others); or
- type 2 diabetes medications such as glimepiride (Amaryl), glipizide (Glucotrol), nateglinide (Starlix), pioglitazone (Actos, Actoplus Met), repaglinide (Prandin), rosiglitazone (Avandia, Avandamet), or tolbutamide (Orinase).
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about deferasirox.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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