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Deferiprone - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Kelfer    
  • Ferriprox    

Why do I need this medicine?

Deferiprone is used to remove excess iron in your body. Iron may build up in your body after repeated blood transfusions.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Deferiprone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. To decrease nausea, take it after meal, at least with a 4 hour interval with foods containing iron, aluminium and zinc.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have a history of blood disorder (e.g. neutropenia, agranulocytosis) as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Deferiprone if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Deferiprone may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.

Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with this medicine.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- liver disease
- kidney disease
- HIV infection

For as long as you are taking Deferiprone, signs and symptoms of infections must be monitored. You may need to have regular blood tests to monitor your body's response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Deferiprone may cause any of the following side effects: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain and a reddish brown discolouration of your urine.

Inform your doctor immediately if you experience having fever, sore throat or flu-like symptoms as these could be signs of an infection.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Deferiprone should not be taken with antacids (medicines to neutralise stomach acids) containing aluminium or any multivitamins containing iron, zinc and vitamin C (ascorbic acid). These medicines may affect the effectiveness of Deferiprone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

Limit your intake of vitamin C supplements. Avoid taking foods or beverages that are rich in vitamin C.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Deferiprone - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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