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Peginterferon alfa-2b (Systemic)
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Peginterferon alfa-2b (peg-in-ter-FEER-on alfa-2b ) is a synthetic (man-made) version of substances normally produced in the body to fight infection. Peginterferon alfa-2b is used to treat chronic hepatitis C. It is used for patients who have never been treated by alpha interferons and who do not have symptoms of worsening liver disease.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage form:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For peginterferon alfa-2b, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to peginterferon alfa-2b. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- Peginterferon alfa-2b has not been studied in pregnant women. However, studies in animals have shown that peginterferon alfa-2b causes death of the fetus. Before taking this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding- It is not known whether peginterferon alfa-2b passes into the breast milk. However, peginterferon alfa-2b is not recommended during breast-feeding because it may cause unwanted effects in nursing babies.
Children- Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of peginterferon alfa-2b in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults- This medicine has been tested in a limited number of patients 65 years of age or older and has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of peginterferon alfa-2b. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
If you are injecting this medicine yourself, use it exactly as directed by your doctor . Do not use more or less of it, and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. The exact amount of medicine you need has been carefully worked out. Using too much will increase the risk of side effects, while using too little may not improve your condition.
Each package of peginterferon alfa-2b contains a patient instruction sheet. Read this sheet carefully and make sure you understand:
If you have any questions about any of this, check with your health care professional.
The dose of peginterferon alfa-2b will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of peginterferon alfa-2b. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible if you remember it the same or the next day. If you remember after that, check with your doctor for instructions. Do not double doses or take more than one dose within a week.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.
You may have feelings of anxiety or depression while taking peginterferon alfa-2b. Call your doctor right away if you have these feelings or if you are thinking about hurting yourself or someone else.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT