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(deferiprone) Tablets



  • Ferriprox can cause agranulocytosis that can lead to serious infections and death. Neutropenia may precede the development of agranulocytosis. [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Measure the absolute neutrophil count (ANC) before starting Ferriprox therapy and monitor the ANC weekly on therapy. Interrupt Ferriprox therapy if neutropenia develops. [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Interrupt Ferriprox if infection develops, and monitor the ANC more frequently. [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Advise patients taking Ferriprox to report immediately any symptoms indicative of infection. [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]


Ferriprox (deferiprone) tablets contain 500 mg deferiprone (3-hydroxy-1,2-dimethylpyridin-4-one), a synthetic, orally active, iron-chelating agent. Deferiprone has the following structural formula:

Ferriprox® (deferiprone) Structural Formula Illustration

Deferiprone is a white to pinkish-white crystalline powder. It is sparingly soluble in deionized water and has a melting point range of 272°C - 278°C.

Ferriprox tablets are white to off-white, capsule-shaped tablets, and imprinted with “APO” score “500” on one side and plain on the other. The tablets can be broken in half along the score. Each tablet contains 500 mg deferiprone and the following inactive ingredients: Tablet core – microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide; Coating - hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide.

What are the possible side effects of deferiprone (Ferriprox)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur during treatment with deferiprone. Stop using this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as: fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, or sores in your mouth and throat.

Stop using deferiprone and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your...

Read All Potential Side Effects and See Pictures of Ferriprox »

Last reviewed on RxList: 3/24/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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