Interferon Alfa 2B Injection for Dermatology Surgery
Interferon is a protein that occurs naturally in the body in small amounts. Your injection will be a protein that is synthetically produced in a large dose.
It is given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection most often in the abdomen or thigh. As a rule, injections are given 3 times a week. Interferon is given to stimulate the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.
Common side effects
- Flu-like symptoms: chills, fever, joint, and muscle pains. You may take Tylenol® before the injection to help reduce these symptoms.
- Fatigue: feeling of tiredness, and having no energy
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased blood count (your doctor will be ordering lab tests)
- Increased blood pressure
- Weight loss
Less common side effects
- Skin irritation at the injection site
- Hair loss
- Pins and needles feeling in finger and toes
- Pregnancy should be avoided during treatment and for a few months after treatment is over. Interferon may affect your ability to have children. In women, it may affect the menstrual cycle. In men, it may lower the sperm count.
- You should not have any vaccinations while you are having interferon treatments or for 3 months after you have finished your treatment.
- Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart disease as you may be at greater risk for complications. If you have shingles or have recently been exposed to chicken pox, Interferon may cause a flare up.
- Keep the medicine in the refrigerator until just before you use it.
- You will be shown how to mix the drug and give an injection. The nursing staff in the clinic will help you with this.
- Do not take aspirin or aspirin-like products (ibuprofen) or corticosteroids while receiving Interferon. These drugs alter the effects of Interferon.
Dermatology Surgery Clinic, 451 Junction Rd, (608) 265-0700.
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Last Updated: 07/20/2011
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