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Generic: peginterferon alfa-2b
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It is a man-made drug that acts like a protein made by the body
               



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What may interact with this medicine?

  • dextromethorphan
  • flecainide
  • methadone
  • phenytoin
  • theophylline
  • tolbutamide
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need regular blood checks.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • bloody diarrhea
  • breathing problems
  • change in blood sugar
  • changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • increased anger, depression, irritability, or thoughts of suicide
  • pain in lower back or stomach
  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • aches, pains
  • dry, itchy skin
  • hair loss
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or stomach upset
  • pain or swelling at site where injected
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusually weak or tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Vials: Store unmixed vials at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. After mixing, store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F) and use in 24 hours or less. Protect from light.

PEG- Intron Redipen: should be stored refrigerated between 2 and 8 degrees C (between 36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. This is a single use pen. It does not contain preservatives. After mixing, use immediately. If needed, it may be stored in the refrigerator (2and8 degrees C or 36and46 degrees F) for up to 24 hours.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

               
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