Deferiprone helps to remove excess iron from the body.
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Deferiprone is a medicine which is used in removing excess iron from the body in people who have beta-thalassaemia major. Deferiprone belongs to a class of medicines called chelating agents.
Patients with thalassaemia major need frequent blood transfusions. When patients receive repeated transfusions, the transfused red cells bring iron into the body. However, the body does not have a natural way of removing excess iron, so it builds up. Over time, the excess iron can damage important organs such as the heart or liver. Deferiprone helps to remove excess iron from the body.
Deferiprone is only used when other treatments are not suitable or have not been successful.