Deferiprone Drug Information
A healthcare provider may prescribe deferiprone (Ferriprox®) to help the body remove excess iron that can occur after a blood transfusion in people with thalassemia. This medicine is specifically used in adults who have this type of blood disease that destroys red blood cells. Deferiprone works by binding to iron and eliminating it through the urine.
Deferiprone comes as tablets that are taken three times a day. Side effects may include nausea, an abnormal urine color, and abdominal (stomach) pain.
Although this can be an effective medicine for many people, not everyone can take it. Drug information on deferiprone should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before taking it to help ensure a safe treatment and minimize potential risks. For instance, people who have low levels of potassium or magnesium may not be able to safely use deferiprone.
(Click Deferiprone for more details on this drug, including information on what your healthcare provider needs to know before you begin treatment and why this medicine may not be safe for certain people.)