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- 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: 11
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.
Last reviewed on RxList: 5/4/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Additional Ferriprox Information
- Ferriprox Drug Interactions Center: deferiprone oral
- Ferriprox Side Effects Center
- Ferriprox FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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