DEFERIPRONE

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ferriprox
GENERIC NAME(S): DEFERIPRONE

Description: Deferiprone is an orally effective iron-chelating agent. It is being used when
desferrioxamine is unsuitable or contraindicated.

This medication is used by people with thalassemia, and those who have too much iron in the body,caused by repeated blood transfusions. It works by attaching to iron which helps your body pass the extra iron out in the urine.

How to use deferiprone
Take by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times a day (morning, midday, and evening). Taking this medication with food may help lessen nausea.

This medication may rarely cause a very serious low white blood cell count, which increases your risk of serious, possibly fatal infections.

Side effects may range from mild to serious complications.  Consult your doctor immediately when you feel the following symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, or joint pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

This medication may cause your urine to turn a reddish-brown color. This effect is harmless and will disappear when the medication is stopped.

Seek emergency medical help if you expereince allergies (rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing) or the symptoms mentioned above while taking this drug.

Inform your doctor of your allergies (food or drugs), medical conditions and  medical history before taking this drug, especially of: liver disease, low white blood cell count.

For pregnant and nursing (breastfeeding) women, consult your doctor before using this medication.

Before using this drug, tell your doctor of the current medications, products (herbal/nonprescription) that you are taking.

Overdose
Get medical emergency help immediately when you experience symptoms of overdose -: vision problems, weak muscles, unusual/slowed movements.

Missed Dose
Take it as soon as you remember.  Do not increase the dose to catch up. If it is less than 6 hours until the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Discard the drug properly- do not throw in toilet or sink.

Brands
Available Brands
Ferriprox [ Apotex ]

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