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A few products may cause problems when used in combination with Ferriprox. These include products that contain calcium, magnesium, or zinc. Some of these drug interactions could increase your risk for side effects or decrease the effectiveness of Ferriprox. To minimize these problems, talk to your healthcare provider about all medications and supplements you are taking.
An Overview of Interactions With FerriproxFerriprox® (deferiprone) can potentially react with a few other medications. Some of the products that may lead to drug interactions with Ferriprox include but are not limited to:
- Products that contain calcium or magnesium, including many supplements, antacids, and laxatives
- Clobazam (Onfi™)
- Eltrombopag (Promacta®)
- Milk thistle
- Zinc, including many cold/cough products.
Ferriprox Drug Interactions ExplainedThe following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when Ferriprox is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Calcium or Magnesium
Calcium and magnesium can bind to Ferriprox, preventing it from being absorbed from the digestive tract and making it less effective. Do not take Ferriprox and calcium or magnesium within four hours of each other.
Clobazam may increase the level of Ferriprox in the blood, increasing the risk for Ferriprox side effects. Check with your healthcare provider before taking these medications together.
Eltrombopag may increase the level of Ferriprox in the blood, increasing the risk for side effects. Check with your healthcare provider before taking these medications together.