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(peg in ter FEER on AL fa too aye & rye ba VYE rin)
Canadian Brand Names
Antiviral Agent; Interferon
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to peginterferon alfa-2a, ribavirin or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• If you have any of the following conditions: Autoimmune hepatitis, certain types of anemia, or severe psychiatric disease.
• If you are of childbearing age, but are not using two forms of birth control or if you are planning to become pregnant during your treatment or within 6 months after treatment has ended.
• If you are a male patient with a sexual partner who is pregnant or plans on becoming pregnant at any time while you are being treated or within 6 months after your treatment has ended.
• If you have used interferon before.
• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
• If you are breast-feeding.
How does it work?
• Ribavirin works to injure the virus and fight the infection.
• Peginterferon alfa-2a helps the body's immune system fight viral infections.
How is it best taken?
• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
• Take this medicine with food.
• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.
• Take this medicine at bedtime to help with flu-like symptoms.
• Wash hands before and after use.
• Throw syringe away after single use. Do not reuse.
• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
• If you are a female of childbearing age, take a monthly pregnancy test.
• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.
• Follow up with healthcare provider.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store ribavirin in a refrigerator or at room temperature.
• Store peginterferon in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
• Protect from light.
• Do not shake.
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
Created: 2009-10-19 10:18:02.0
Modified: 2010-03-22 13:35:34.0
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