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Ferriprox

Ferriprox Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Ferriprox

Generic Name: deferiprone (Pronunciation: de FER i prone)

What is deferiprone (Ferriprox)?

Deferiprone binds to iron and removes it from the blood stream.

Deferiprone is used to treat iron overload caused by blood transfusions.

Deferiprone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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 chest;
  • feeling like you might pass out; or
  • seizure (convulsions).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild stomach pain or nausea;
  • vomiting, diarrhea;
  • joint pain, back pain;
  • increased appetite; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Ferriprox (deferiprone) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about deferiprone (Ferriprox)?

Do not use deferiprone if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.

You should not use deferiprone if you are allergic to it.

Before taking deferiprone, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder, an electrolyte imbalance, a weak immune system, a history of Long QT syndrome, or if you take a diuretic (water pill).

Deferiprone can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. Your blood will need to be tested weekly while you are taking this medication. Your treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Visit your doctor regularly.

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially drugs that weaken the immune system, such as cancer medicine, steroids, and medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection.

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.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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