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Kelfer 500 Capsule

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Overview

Introduction

Kelfer 500 Capsule is a medicine used in the treatment of chronic iron overload caused due to frequent blood transfusion. It helps removes excess iron and reduces the risk of it causing organ damage.

Kelfer 500 Capsule should be taken in empty stomach. Take it regularly at a fixed time each day to get the maximum benefit of the medicine.

Using of Kelfer 500 Capsule may cause common side effects such as nausea, headache, constipation, diarrhea and increased liver enzyme. If the side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor.

Side effects of Kelfer Capsule

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Kelfer

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhea

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Abdominal pain
    In most cases, this is mild enough to be treated at home. Try to rest and relax. Putting a heat pad or covered hot water bottle on your stomach may also help. Having a warm bath or shower can help you relax and relieve the pain. Drink plenty of clear fluids such as water and reduce your intake of coffee, tea, lemon juice or soda. Avoid alcohol and smoking as these can aggravate the pain. Eating slowly and having smaller and more frequent meals can also help. If the pain is severe, speak to your doctor. They may be able to guide you better.
  • Coping with Joint pain
    Try to keep your joints moving. Get some gentle exercise like walking or cycling. Using hot and cold treatments on the joints can help reduce pain temporarily. Concentrate on your breathing when you are in pain. Try to get enough sleep. Practice some relaxation techniques or mediation. Avoid smoking as it can worsen your condition. Losing weight can make a big difference to the amount of pain. Ask your doctor to recommend some suitable painkillers if the pain bothers you or does not go away.
  • Coping with Diarrhea
    Keep up your intake of fluids and electrolytes (sugars and salts) to avoid getting dehydrated. Eat less fiber (avoid raw fruits, fruit juice and vegetables). Talk to your doctor about possible medication to manage diarrhea. Ask about reducing the dosage of your drug or other suitable treatments.

How to use Kelfer Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Kelfer 500 Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Kelfer Capsule works

Kelfer 500 Capsule traps and removes excess iron which is then excreted mainly in the stools. This reduces the risk of organ damage.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Kelfer 500 Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Kelfer 500 Capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Kelfer 500 Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Kelfer 500 Capsule alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Kelfer 500 Capsule in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function tests is advised in these patients while taking this medicine.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Kelfer 500 Capsule in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of liver function tests is advised in patients with liver disease while taking this medicine.

What if you forget to take Kelfer Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Kelfer 500 Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • Seek immediate medical attention if you see symptoms of fever, sore throat, or flu as deferiprone can cause neutropenia (a decrease in white blood cells) or agranulocytosis (abnormal decrease in white blood cell count).
  • Take precautions as deferiprone can lower the ability of your body to fight infections. Your blood will need to be tested weekly while you are taking this medication.
  • Deferiprone may result in urine that is reddish-brown in color. This side effect is normal and usually not harmful.
  • Take medical advice if you also have upper stomach pain, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes).
  • Tell your doctor if you suffer from dizziness, palpitations, light-headedness, syncope, or seizures after taking deferiprone.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Pyridone derivative
Habit Forming
No

Patient Concerns

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Hello doctor I have thallassemia major since birth and due to iron overload of repetitive blood transfusion i have diagnosed with diabetes 3 yr ago -at the time of diabetes diagnosis my sugar level is 650 mg/dl. Now according to my case what could be the state of my diabetes type 1 or type 2 ?
Dr. Amit Modi
Paediatrics
Hello, Diabetes in thalassaemia is thought to be caused mainly by iron overload, from repeated blood transfusions, damaging the pancreas. Insulin secretion may be reduced, possibly because iron is directly toxic to the insulin producing pancreatic ?-cells. So it is type 1 DM .
Diabatic for last 4 years insulin dependent D Vitamin iron deficiency
Dr. Ila Jain Khandelwal
Pathology
Dear Sir Thank you for sharing your reports with me. It shows the following important things: 1. your iron level is low, for this you can have a diet rich in lots of iron like jaggery, spinach, leafy vegetables etc. Your vitamin D level is low, for this you can have calcirol sachet in milk once a week for at least 6 weeks. Your glycosylated hemoglobin and average blood glucose level is high, you should consult your doctor for this for the review of treatment.
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FAQs

Q. What is Kelfer used for?

Kelfer is used to reduce iron overload caused due to frequent blood transfusions in patients suffering from thalassemia (inherited autosomal recessive blood disorder) when other drugs like deferoxamine are inadequate or contraindicated

Q. How does Kelfer work?

Kelfer is a chelating agent. It binds to excess iron in body, promoting its removal from the body and preventing iron toxicity.

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References

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