Warnings:

This medication may rarely cause a very serious low white blood cell count, which increases your risk of serious, possibly fatal infections. To lower your risk, your doctor will check your blood counts with a blood test before and regularly during treatment. Get medical help right away if you develop any signs of infection such as fever, persistent sore throat, chills, or flu-like symptoms.

Warnings:

This medication may rarely cause a very serious low white blood cell count, which increases your risk of serious, possibly fatal infections. To lower your risk, your doctor will check your blood counts with a blood test before and regularly during treatment. Get medical help right away if you develop any signs of infection such as fever, persistent sore throat, chills, or flu-like symptoms.

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Uses

This medication is used by people with certain blood disorders (such as thalassemia, sickle cell anemia) who have too much iron in the body, caused by repeated blood transfusions. Blood transfusions help people with blood disorders but they also bring extra iron into the body. It is important to get rid of the extra iron because high levels of iron can cause health problems (such as heart failure, liver disease, diabetes, delayed growth in children). Deferiprone is used if you have trouble taking other traditional iron-removal medications or you continue to have high iron levels after taking other iron-removal medications.Deferiprone belongs to a class of drugs known as iron chelators. It works by attaching to iron which helps your body pass the extra iron out in the urine.

How to use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking deferiprone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication comes in different tablets that are made to be taken either twice a day or 3 times a day. Some tablets may not be substituted for each other, even if they are the same strength. Carefully follow your doctor's directions for how often and when you should take your dose. If you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are taking the tablets made to be taken twice a day, take them with food as directed by your doctor, usually 2 times a day in the morning and in the evening (about 12 hours apart). Taking this medication with food may help lessen nausea. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Doing so may change how well the medication works and increase the risk of side effects.

If you are taking the tablets made to be taken 3 times a day, take them with or without food. Taking this medication with food may help lessen nausea. Take your doses in the morning, at midday, and in the evening.

If you are using the liquid form of this medication, also read the Patient Instructions for Use. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring cup. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. After you swallow each dose, add about 2 to 3 teaspoonsful (10 to 15 milliliters) of water to the measuring cup. Gently swirl to mix, then drink all of the mixture to make sure you get your full dose. Wash the measuring cup as directed after each time you use it.

Take this medication 4 hours apart from products that may bind to it, decreasing its effectiveness. Ask your pharmacist about the other products you take. Some examples include antacids, vitamins/minerals (such as those containing iron, aluminum, zinc), among others.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment (including lab test results). To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Your treatment may need to be adjusted or stopped if you develop serious side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Keep all medical/lab appointments.

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

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