Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Iron overload in patients with thalassaemia
Adult: 25 mg/kg tid, may be adjusted according to response and therapeutic goals. Max: 100 mg/kg daily.
May be taken with or without food.
Neutropenia (including history of recurrent cases), history of agranulocytosis. Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Immunocompromised patients. Hepatic and renal impairment.
Adverse Reactions
Reddish-brown urine discolouration, abdominal pain, arthralgia, neutropenia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, increased ALT concentrations, headache, appetite change, asthenia, musculoskeletal pain, peripheral oedema, dizziness, somnolence, pruritus, urticaria.
Potentially Fatal: Agranulocytosis.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause reddish-brown discolouration of urine.
Monitor serum ferritin every 2-3 mth, absolute neutrophil count (ANC) at baseline and wkly during treatment (if ANC <1500/mm3, monitor CBC, WBC and platelets daily until ANC recovery); ALT mthly, Zn level, signs/symptoms of infection.
Drug Interactions
Serum concentration may be increased by UGT1A6 inhibitors (e.g. phenylbutazone). May chelate polyvalent cations, allow at least 4-hr interval w/ antacids and mineral supplements containing Al, Fe or Zn. Risk of additive toxicity w/ drugs that may cause neutropenia or agranulocytosis.
Food Interaction
Absorption may be decreased when taken w/ foods containing Fe, Al and Zn.
Description: Deferiprone is a chelating agent w/ high affinity to ferric ion (iron III). It binds w/ ferric ions to form neutral 3:1 (deferiprone:iron) complexes. It also has low affinity to other metals including copper, Al and Zn.
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed from the GI tract. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 1-2 hr.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: 1.6 L/kg. Plasma protein binding: <10%.
Metabolism: Metabolised by uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferases (UGT)1A6 to the inactive metabolite, 3-O-glucuronide.
Excretion: Via urine (75-90%, as metabolite and Fe-deferiprone complex). Elimination half-life: Approx 2-3 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Deferiprone, CID=2972, (accessed on Jan. 20, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light. Any unused portions should be disposed of in accordance w/ local requirements.
ATC Classification
V03AC02 - deferiprone ; Belongs to the class of iron chelating agents. Used in iron overload.
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