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Natural interferons are produced in the body to help the immune system fight viral infections and certain cancer growths
               



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What is this medicine?

INTERFERON ALFA- 2b (in ter FEER on AL fa 2 b) is a man- made protein. Natural interferons are produced in the body to help the immune system fight viral infections and certain cancer growths. This medicine has similar actions to natural interferons and is used to treat AIDS- related Kaposi's sarcoma, certain types of hepatitis or certain cancers. This medicine may also be used to treat genital or perianal warts.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • autoimmune disease
  • blood or bleeding disorders
  • bone marrow disease
  • depression or other mental disorders
  • diabetes
  • heart or lung disease
  • kidney or liver disease
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to interferons, E. coli protein, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle or under the skin or for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. You can inject your dose at bedtime if you experience flu- like effects. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 1 year of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

               
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