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Generic: interferon beta-1b
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This medicine does not cure multiple sclerosis
               



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What is this medicine?

INTERFERON BETA- 1b (in ter FEER on BAY ta 1b) helps to decrease the number of multiple sclerosis attacks in people with relapsing forms of the disease. This medicine does not cure multiple sclerosis.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • depression
  • heart disease or irregular heart beats/ rhythm
  • immune system problems
  • liver disease
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to interferon, albumin, or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

The medicine is for injection under the skin. You will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. 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. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. Each dose should be separated by about 48 hours. If you accidentally take a dose on 2 consecutive days, call your doctor or health care professional.

               
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