peginterferon alfa 2b - injection, Pegintron (cont.)
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use especially of: hydroxyurea, lamivudine, methadone, stavudine, telbivudine, theophylline, zidovudine.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood tests, thyroid tests, virus levels, kidney function tests, triglyceride levels) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress. Depending on your medical history, other tests (e.g., EKG) may be needed. Consult your doctor for more details.You may need an eye exam before using this medication. If you have an eye disease or have a condition that places you at greater risk for eye disease (e.g., diabetes), you should then have periodic eye exams while using this drug.Do not change brands of interferon without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. Other interferons may not have the same effects on your disease.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible during the same day or the next day, then continue on your regular dosing schedule. If several days go by after you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist to establish a new dosing schedule.
STORAGE: Different brands of this medication have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist. The mixed solution should be used immediately, but may be stored in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C) for up to 24 hours. Do not freeze.Each vial or prefilled syringe can be used only once; discard any unused portion. Keep this medication and any discarded syringes/needles away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854- 1166 (USA) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
Last Editorial Review: 9/22/2010
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