interferon beta-1a prefilled syringe - injection, Avonex

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GENERIC NAME: INTERFERON BETA-1A PREFILLED SYRINGE - INJECTION (IN-ter-FEER-on BAY-ta wun-ay)

BRAND NAME(S): Avonex

Medication Uses | How To Use | Side Effects | Precautions | Drug Interactions | Overdose | Notes | Missed Dose | Storage

USES: This medication is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). Interferon is not a cure for MS, but it may help to decrease the number of attacks of weakness and slow the progression of the disease.

HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using interferon beta 1A and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Inject this medicine usually once a week into a muscle (IM-intramuscularly) or as directed by your doctor. Give the shot in the evening before bedtime to minimize side effects.If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.To increase comfort, take this medication out of the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature for about 30 minutes before injecting.The thigh and upper arm muscles are recommended sites for the shot if you are using the prefilled syringe product. The upper outer thigh is the recommended site for the shot if you are using the autoinjector product. Use a different spot each week. Do not inject into skin that is irritated or infected.Use this medicine regularly as directed in order to get the most benefit. Use it at the same time each week. Do not change the dose or how often you use this medication without your doctor's approval.Inform your doctor if your condition worsens.

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