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Interferon Alpha 2B



Interferon Alpha 2B is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (ms), hairy cell leukemia, melanoma, follicular lymphoma, genital warts (skin bumps on or around the genital or anal area), soft tissue sarcoma (cancer of soft tissue), chronic hepatitis C and chronic hepatitis B

How it works

Interferon Alpha 2B modulates the body's immune system.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Tingling sensation of extremity, Numbness of extremity, Alterations in thyroid hormone levels, Back pain, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Altered taste, Hair loss, Injection site pain, Injection site redness, Injection site swelling, Decreased white blood cell count, Loss of appetite, Loss of consciousness, Muscle pain

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Expert advice

• Seek immediate medical attention if you observe unusual bleeding or bruising.
• You will be continuous monitored for complete blood cell count, liver function, kidney function, thyroid activity and serum electrolytes prior to and during the treatment of Interferon alpha 2β. 
• Tell your doctor if you are being treated for psoriasis (a skin disorder characterized by red, itchy, scaly patches) as the condition may worsen after administration of interferon alpha 2β.
• Inform your doctor if you have a history of or develop any mental disorders such as depression or suicidal behaviors or cirrhosis or liver problems other than Hepatitis B or C.
• Exercise caution while taking interferon alpha 2β as you may develop flu like symptoms of a cold or respiratory infection such as fever, cough, or difficulty in breathing or any sort of allergic reaction.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
• Patients allergic to Interferon alpha 2β or any of its ingredients should not take it.
• Interferon alpha 2-b should not be given to patients who have preexisting heart disorder, decompensated liver disease, fits (epilepsy) or other nervous system disorder
• Interferon alpha 2-b should not be given to patients who have a history of autoimmune disease or an organ transplant and are on immunosuppressant therapy.
• Interferon alpha 2-b should not be given to patient who have non-responding thyroid condition.
• Interferon alpha 2-b should not be given to children who have any psychiatric condition such as depression, suicidal thoughts.

Content on this page was last updated on 17 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)