Ferriprox Medication Information
People who have a blood disease called thalassemia may receive a prescription drug called Ferriprox® (deferiprone). This medication is given to help remove excess iron that may occur following frequent blood transfusions. However, before taking it, your healthcare provider needs information on your medical history and a current list of all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking.
While this drug may help reduce iron levels in some people, it is not appropriate for everyone. People with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a slow heart rate may not be able to safely use Ferriprox. Also, it may react with a few other medications.
Ferriprox comes as a tablet that is taken three times daily. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects may occur and can include nausea, abdominal (stomach) pain, and an abnormal urine color.
(Click Ferriprox for more information on this medication, including how it works, associated safety issues, and dosing instructions.)