This medication is an antiviral drug, prescribed for chronic hepatitis B and C either alone or with other medications. It is also used to treat certain types of cancer.
Contraindicated in patients with severe liver impairment due to autoimmune disorder, and hypersensitivity.
Dose is based on patients condition.
Hepatitis B: SC/IM- The recommended dose is 30 to 35 million initial units per week
Hepatitis C- SC/IM- The recommended dose is 3 million initial units three times a week.
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider.
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney or liver problems, suicidal thoughts, trouble in sleeping, alcoholism, high blood pressure, heart attack, bleeding, thyroid, lung problems; any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid contact with people who have infections.
It may reduce platelet counts; avoid injury or bruising.
It may raise blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly while taking this medication.
Patient may develop with increased risk of suicidal thoughts; if it is so consult with your doctor.
Application Site :
Injection site inflammation/reaction.
Metabolic : Dry mouth, increased sweating, flushing and decrease in thyroid hormone.
Body as a Whole : Fatigue/weakness, headache, rigors, fever, weight loss, infections, abdomen pain, chest pain and uneasiness.
Central Nervous System : Dizziness, depression, anxiety, emotional lability, sleeplessness, poor concentration, agitation and nervousness.
Gastrointestinal : Nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion and constipation.
Blood : Decrease in white blood cells, platelets and anemia.
Liver : Liver enlargement.
Musculoskeletal : Muscle pain and joint pain.
Genitourinary : Menstrual disorder.
Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing, cough, runny nose and inflammation of sinus.
Skin : Hair loss, itching, rash and dry skin.
Eye and ENT : Taste perversion, blurred vision and eye inflammation.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it in refrigerator (2ฐ-8ฐC), and in an airtight container.
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