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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.
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.
- Abnormal urine color
- Abdominal (stomach) pain and discomfort.