Deferiprone binds to iron and removes it from the blood stream.

Deferiprone is used to treat iron overload caused by blood transfusions in people with certain hereditary red blood cell disorders (thalassemia syndrome).

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  • Ferriprox
  • More common
    Black, tarry stools
    chills
    cough
    fever
    lower back or side pain
    painful or difficult urination
    pale skin
    shortness of breath
    sore throat
    ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Less common
    Fever with or without chills
    general feeling of tiredness or weakness
    hoarseness
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    anxiety
    bleeding gums
    bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
    blood in the urine or stools
    blurred vision
    chest pain or discomfort
    clay-colored stools
    confusion
    convulsions
    dark urine
    decreased urination
    dilated neck veins
    dizziness or lightheadedness
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    drowsiness
    dry mouth
    extreme fatigue
    fainting
    fast or irregular heartbeat
    headache
    hives
    increase in heart rate
    increased sweating
    irregular breathing
    irritation
    itching
    joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
    large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
    loss of appetite
    muscle tremors
    nausea
    nervousness
    painful knees and ankles
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    pounding in the ears
    raised red swellings on the skin, the buttocks, legs, or ankles
    rapid weight gain
    rapid, deep breathing
    rapid, shallow breathing
    rash
    redness of the skin
    restlessness
    severe nausea or vomiting
    slow heartbeat
    sneezing
    spots on your skin resembling a blister or pimple
    stomach cramps
    sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
    sugar in the urine
    sunken eyes
    sweating
    swelling around the eyes
    swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
    thirst
    tightness in the chest
    tingling of the hands or feet
    trouble with balance
    troubled breathing or swallowing
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual weight gain or loss
    vision changes
    vomiting of blood
    weight gain
    wrinkled skin
    yellow eyes or skin
    Some of the side effects that can occur with deferiprone may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Abdominal or stomach discomfort
    difficulty with moving
    muscle pain or stiffness
    reddish or brow discoloration of the urine
    Less common
    Acid or sour stomach
    back pain
    belching
    diarrhea
    heartburn
    increased or decreased appetite
    indigestion
    pain in the arms or legs
    stomach upset
    Incidence not known
    Bloody nose
    clenching, gnashing, or grinding teeth
    constipation
    coughing or spitting up blood
    depression
    difficulty opening the mouth
    difficulty with speaking
    drooling
    hives or welts
    impaired psychomotor skills
    increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
    lockjaw
    loss of appetite
    loss of balance control
    muscle spasm, especially of the neck and back
    muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness
    pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
    redness or other discoloration of the skin
    restlessness
    severe sunburn
    shuffling walk
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    stiffness of the limbs
    stomach bloating, burning, cramping, or pain
    twisting movements of the body
    uncontrolled movements, especially of the face, neck, and back
  • (oral tablet, oral liquid)