Ferriprox contains a medicine called deferiprone which is used for the treatment of iron overload in patients with thalassaemia major unable to take desferrioxamine or in whom desferrioxamine has proven ineffective.
Deferiprone is a medicine that removes iron from the body.
In a disease such as “thalassaemia”, there is accumulation of iron in the body in those patients who are dependent on blood transfusions. If not removed, the iron levels can reach a serious level in the body as a result of the accumulation. By removing the excess iron from the body, Ferriprox can reduce the serious effects of iron overload.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Ferriprox has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another use.
Ferriprox is not addictive and is only available on a doctor's prescription.
PYtest is indicated for use in the detection of gastric urease as an aid in the diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection in the human stomach.
In summary the test consists of a gelatin capsule for oral administration containing 37kBq of 14C labeled urea.
After fasting for 4 hours the patient ingests the capsule and after a timed period of 10 minutes is asked to take a deep breath and blow through a straw into a small balloon.
If gastric urease from H. pylori is present, the urea is split and 14C labelled carbon dioxide is absorbed into the blood and exhaled in the breath.
The breath sample is then analyzed using a liquid scintillation counter which measures radiation in “disintegrations per minute”.
A reading of 200 dpm or greater is considered positive. A reading below 50 is negative. A reading from 50 to 199 is considered borderline positive.