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Deferiprone

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Iron chelators Ferriprox Adult, Children

Deferiprone - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Deferiprone cause?

  1. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
  2. Fatigue or muscle weakness
  3. Low white cell counts / Infections
  4. Liver problems 
  5. Red discoloration of urine

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  1. Sign of an allergic reaction e.g. rash, itching, swollen, trouble breathing.
  2. Purple spots or redness of the skin.
  3. Signs of infections e.g. like fever, chills, flu-like signs, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or a wound that will not heal.

Before taking Deferiprone, what precautions must I follow?

Talk to your doctor before taking Deferiprone:

  1. If you have any problems with your liver or kidneys
  2. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  3. If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take this drug and for 1 week after your last dose

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Deferiprone?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist the medicines you are taking including antacids (medicine used to treat heartburn), certain painkillers or anti-inflammatory medicines.

Deferiprone - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Singapore General Hospital

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

     

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