interferon beta-1b (Betaseron, Extavia)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The Effects of Multiple Sclerosis

POSSIBLE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS:

Possible serious side effects include:

PREPARATIONS: Powder for injection (single use vial): 0.3 mg/vial

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Combining interferon beta-1b with zidovudine (Retrovir) may increase blood levels of zidovudine and the risk of bone marrow suppression.

PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY:

  • Use of interferon beta-1b has not been adequately evaluated in pregnant women. Due to the lack of conclusive safety data, interferon beta-1b should be used in pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
  • It is not known if interferon beta-1b is excreted in breast milk. As many drugs enter breast milk and can potentially cause harm to the nursing infant, interferon beta-1b should be used cautiously in nursing mothers.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/15/2016

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