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Certain people who have high iron levels after blood transfusions may receive a medication called deferiprone. This prescription drug is given to people who have a blood disease called thalassemia, which destroys red blood cells. Deferiprone works by binding to the iron in the blood and eliminating it through the urine. Although most people tolerate the medicine well, side effects may include nausea and abnormal urine color.

 

What Is Deferiprone?

Deferiprone (Ferriprox®) is a prescription medication approved to treat people with thalassemia who have iron overload from blood transfusions when current iron removal (chelation) therapy does not work well enough. Thalassemia is a genetic condition that causes destruction of red blood cells.
 
(Click What Is Deferiprone Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, deferiprone may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
 
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of deferiprone include but are not limited to:
 
  • Abnormal urine color
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain and discomfort.
 
(Click Deferiprone Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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