GENERIC NAME: interferon beta-1a
BRAND NAME: Avonex
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
USES: Avonex (Interferon beta-1a) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults. It reduces the occurrence of MS flares and reduces physical disability caused by MS.
Common side effects include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Muscle pain
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Stomach pain
- Injections site pain
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Other side effects include:
- Injection site inflammation
- Joint pain
- Hair loss
- Injection site bruising/bleeding
- Possible serious side effects include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Autoimmune disorders
- Serious allergic reactions
- Thrombotic microangiopathy (clotting in small blood vessels)
- Psychotic disorders
- Liver failure
- Reduced blood cell counts
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