INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit)

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INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) Drug and Prescription Information

INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit)

INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) Medication Classification


INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) Brandname

INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) is used for the Treatment

Treats hepatitis C, certain types of leukemia, and Kaposi's sarcoma (in people with AIDS).

When To Not Use INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit)

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to interferon alfa or to benzyl alcohol, or if you have ever had autoimmune hepatitis or any other autoimmune disorder, or if you have a weakened immune system.

How Should You Use INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit)


  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. Do not change brands of this medicine without asking your doctor. Different brands may require different dosages.
  • This medicine is given as a shot under your skin or into a muscle. You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. It may also be given by a home health caregiver.
  • You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.

Proper INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) Storage

Store INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using theophylline (Theo-Dur®), zidovudine (Retrovir®), medicines that weaken the immune system (such as steroids, chemotherapy, or radiation), or any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, or sedatives). Talk to your doctor before getting flu shots or other vaccines while you are receiving interferon alfa-2a. Vaccines may not work as well while you are using this medicine.

INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, autoimmune disease (such as arthritis or lupus), herpes simplex, a history of depression, or if you have a weakened immune system or have had a head injury or an organ transplant.
  • Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

INTERFERON ALFA 2A (Injection) (Kit) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Dark-colored urine or pale stools.
  • Depression, thoughts of hurting yourself, or other mood or behavior changes.
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Muscle pain, weakness, or cramps.
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in the upper stomach.
  • Numbness, tingling, or a cold feeling in your hands or feet.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
  • Yellow skin or eyes.
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Problems with vision.
  • Mild nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite.
  • Mood changes or trouble sleeping.

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