• 500mg vial
  • 2000mg vial


  • Management of severe iron toxicity evidenced by GI haemorrhage, severe hypotension, coma, or metabolic acidosis and serum iron concentration >60 micromol/L (or unavailable).
  • Management of patients with iron poisoning and an iron concentration >90 micromol/L at 6h post ingestion.

Medication box with the name DBL Desferrioxamine Mesylate for injection BP. A vial next to the box.

All cases should be discussed with a clinical toxicologist through the local toxicology service or Poisons Information Centre 13 11 26.


Give 15mg/kg/hr as an IV infusion until serum iron concentration falls below 60 micromol/L. Therapy is typically needed for 6 hours. The dose should be reduced by 50% in renal impairment (eGFR < 50mL/min).

Stocking recommendations

Tertiary centre Regional centre Rural centre Remote centre
20 x 500mg vials
5 x 2g vials
20 x 500mg vials
5 x 2g vials
0 – 10 x 500mg vials
0 – 2 x 2g vials
0 vials


Iron chelation is uncommonly required. 10g supply will provide a full treatment course for a 100kg person. For rural centres, 4-5g will be sufficient to initiate therapy in anticipation of retrieval to a regional or tertiary centre. However, given this is an uncommon poisoning stocking in a rural centre is not essential.


  • Infusion-related hypotension is common, ensure adequate hydration before commencing infusion.
  • Urine will often change to a vin rose colour following desferrioxamine.


Fact sheet developed by Queensland Poisons Information Centre.

This fact sheet is about the use of these antidotes in Australia, and may not apply to other countries. Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of information, omissions of information, or any actions that may be taken as a consequence of reading this fact sheet.

Last updated: July 2023