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   Intron A

Intron A
Interferon Alpha-Injection


Intron A is used in the treatment of leukemia, certain types of cancer and viral infections.

 
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intron A

Uses
Intron A is used in the treatment of leukemia, certain types of cancer and viral infections.


Storage
  • Store Intron A as directed, usually in the refrigerator.
  • Properly discard of any unused medication after the expiration date.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include chills, fever, muscle pain, and loss of appetite.

How To Use
  • Intron A is given by injection.
  • Do not shake the medication container.
  • Be sure to understand and follow the dosing schedule to receive maximum benefit from Intron A.
  • Different conditions require different dosing schedules.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while using Intron A.
  • Intron A may come with a Patient Information Leaflet.
  • Read it carefully.
  • Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about Intron A.
  • Properly store and discard used needles and syringes.

Side Effects
  • Intron A may cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, muscle/joint aches, diarrhea or stomach pain.
  • These symptoms may subside as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • Acetaminophen may help relieve the fever and headache.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly.
  • Unlikely but report promptly: drowsiness, dizziness, sleep disturbances, one-sided weakness (arm/leg), vision changes, poor coordination, irregular heartbeat, intolerance to heat or cold.
  • Very unlikely but report promptly: black stools, persistent sore throat, chest tightness, unusual bleeding/bruising, tingling hands or feet, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, seizures, change in amount of urine, unusual increase in thirst, severe stomach/abdominal pain.
  • If you notice any of the following unlikely but serious side effects, stop your treatment with interferon and consult your doctor immediately: unusual or severe mental/mood changes (e.g., suicidal thoughts or severe depression), bloody diarrhea.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to Intron A, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Intron A is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: other severe liver conditions (e.g., autoimmune hepatitis, decompensated liver disease), immune system suppression for organ transplants.
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: psychiatric conditions (e.g., depression), low blood counts (e.g., red cells, white cells, or platelets), heart problems, thyroid problems, lung diseases (e.g., COPD, asthma, pneumonia), intestinal disease (e.g., colitis), pancreatitis, immune system diseases (e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), eye problems, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, brain tumors, seizures, any allergies.
  • Use caution when engaging in activities requiring alertness.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Intron A is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the potential for fetal harm and the risk of serious side effects for the pregnant woman.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.
  • Contraceptive (birth control) measures are recommended for use in men and women while taking Intron A.
  • If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
  • It is not known if Intron A passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • It is important to receive each dose at the scheduled time.
  • If you miss a dose, contact your doctor who will help establish a new dosing schedule.
  • Do not double-up the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter and prescription medications you may use including: zidovudine, barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital), theophylline, vidarabine, other drugs which depress the immune system (e.g., anti-cancer type).
  • Tell your doctor if you take any drugs that make you drowsy such as: sedatives, sleep medication, psychiatric drugs, drugs for anxiety (e.g., diazepam), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., phenytoin), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), certain antihistamines.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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