Interferon

 
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Contraindications

Interferon is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- an unusual or allergic reaction to interferon, proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- blood or bleeding disorders;
- bone marrow disease;
- breast-feeding;
- depression or other mental disorders;
- heart disease;
- liver disease;
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- seizure disorder;
- if you are allergic to albumin;
- if you are allergic to Interferon;
- if you have any other allergies;
- if you have blood cell disorders (anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia);
- if you have cancer;
- if you have certain medical conditions;
- if you have diabetes;
- if you have eye problems;
- if you have heart disease (angina, irregular heartbeat);
- if you have high blood pressure;
- if you have HIV infection;
- if you have immune system diseases (lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis);
- if you have intestinal disease (colitis);
- if you have kidney disease;
- if you have liver disease;
- if you have lung diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, asthma, pneumonia);
- if you have mental/mood disorders (anxiety, depression);
- if you have pancreatitis;
- if you have seizure disorder;
- if you have severe liver conditions (autoimmune hepatitis, decompensated liver disease);
- if you have thyroid disease;
- if you use/abuse of drugs/alcohol;

Without a Prescription

Adding more interferon may help your body fight off cancer or virus infections.
In children with osteoporosis, interferon gamma helps to slow the progression of the disease.
In patients with chronic granulomatous disease, Interferon helps to fight infections.
In the body, Interferon is thought to work by affecting cell function/growth and the body's natural defenses (immune system) in many ways.
Interferon Gamma-1b helps your immune system work better.
Interferon is prescribed to treat various cancers (leukemia, melanoma, AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma).
Interferon is prescribed to treat virus infections (chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, condylomata acuminata).
Interferon is the same as a protein that your body naturally produces (interferon).

Overdose

Reported Interferon overdose symptoms are:
- Chest pain;
- Dark urine;
- Persistent nausea/vomiting;
- Stomach/abdominal pain;

Interactions

Do not take Interferon with any of the following drugs:
- medicines that may suppress the immune system;
- theophylline;
- aldesleukin;
- aminophylline;
- barbiturates (phenobarbital);
- cancer chemotherapy;
- colchicine;
- cyclosporine;
- drugs that may affect your immune system;
- hydroxyurea;
- stavudine;
- telbivudine;
- theophylline;
- theophyllines;
- zidovudine;

Side Effects

Interferon side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- chest pain;
- fever, chills, or flu-like symptoms;
- headache;
- increased sweating;
- muscle aches;
- nausea, vomiting;
- redness, swelling, or tenderness at site where injected;
- unusually weak or tired;
- back pain;
- chills;
- diarrhea;
- dizziness;
- dry mouth;
- fever;
- headache;
- injection site reactions (pain/swelling/redness);
- loss of appetite;
- muscle aches;
- nausea;
- taste changes;
- tiredness;
- upset stomach;
- vomiting;
Without Prescription (2017)