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General Information on Peginterferon Alfa 2 B

Generic Name : Peginterferon Alfa 2 B

Pronunciation : peg- in- ter- feer'- on

Latest prescription information about Peginterferon Alfa 2 B. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antivirals

Trade Names/Brand Names of Peginterferon Alfa 2 B

India : 

International : 

Viraferonpeg Vial

Why is Peginterferon Alfa 2 B Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an interferon, prescribed for hepatitis C in patients who have not received interferon alpha earlier. It may also be useful in hepatitis B infection.  

When should Peginterferon Alfa 2 B not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Autoimmune hepatitis; decompensated liver disease; hypersensitivity to the drug; in combination with ribavirin capsules, peginterferon alfa-2b is contraindicated in pregnancy.

What is the dosage of Peginterferon Alfa 2 B?

Dose based on patients condition and how body responds.

How should Peginterferon Alfa 2 B be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection, to be administered subcutaneously (under the skin), at weekly intervals.

What are the warnings and precautions for Peginterferon Alfa 2 B?

• Do not stop using this medication without talking to your doctor.

• It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Consult with your doctor about using birth control while you are taking this medication. You should not breast-feed while you are taking this medication.

• Do not use another brand of this medication or change your dose without talking with your doctor.

• Drinking extra fluids is must while you are taking this medication.

Caution needed for patients with liver impairment.

What are the side effects of Peginterferon Alfa 2 B?

  Skin: Bruising, pain, redness, swelling, itching, irritation in place where this medication injected, itching.
  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation.
  Central Nervous System:Headache, dizziness, confusion.
  Miscellaneous: Heartburn, weight loss, hair or thinning, fast heart beat.

What are the other precautions for Peginterferon Alfa 2 B?

Consult with your doctor for dosage changes.

What are the storage conditions for Peginterferon Alfa 2 B?

Store at 25°C. Store it in air tight container and keep away from children.

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