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Generic Name: deferiprone

It helps to prevent and treat too much iron in the blood caused by blood transfusions
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What is this medicine?

DEFERIPRONE (de FER ip rone) binds to iron in the blood. It helps to prevent and treat too much iron in the blood caused by blood transfusions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-history of irregular heartbeat
-heart disease
-kidney disease
-liver disease
-low blood counts, like white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
-an unusual or allergic reaction to deferiprone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your first dose in the morning, the second dose at midday, and the third dose in the evening. Avoid taking this medicine within 4 hours of food, mineral supplements, or antacids that contain iron, aluminum, or zinc. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

-iron supplements
-medicines for treating cancer
-milk thistle or silymarin
-other iron binders like deferasirox or deferoxamine
-vitamins that may contain iron or zinc
-zinc supplements

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. You may need blood work done while taking this medicine.

Your urine might show a reddish/brown discoloration during treatment. This is a very common sign of the desired effect of this medicine, and it is not harmful.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine. Serious side effects to an unborn child or to an infant are possible. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

If you experience palpitations, dizziness, lightheadedness, syncope, or seizures you should immediately seek medical attention.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
-fever or chills, sore throat
-unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-joint pain
-nausea, vomiting
-red or dark-brown urine
-stomach pain
-upset stomach

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 to 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Note: This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects for this drug. If you have question about the drug(s) you are taking, check with your health care professional.
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