The usual dose of deferiprone is based on body weight. Your doctor will calculate the dose as 25 to 33 mg per kilogram of body weight. This dose is then taken by mouth, three times a day.
Deferiprone can be taken with or without food. If you experience upset stomach with this medication, take it with food. People who experience severe nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain may find it helpful to reduce the dose temporarily. Talk to your doctor to see if this may be an option for you if you have side effects.
If you are taking other medications or supplements that contain iron, aluminum, or zinc, leave at least 4 hours between taking deferiprone and the other medication.
If you are using deferiprone liquid, use an oral syringe to measure each dose of the liquid, as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children. If you are using the oral solution, safely discard any remaining medication 35 days after opening the bottle.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.