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All about: Alferon N Solution

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Generic Name: Interferon Alfa-n3 Injection Solution (ihn-ter-FEER-ahn AL-fuh)
Brand Name: Alferon N

Alferon N Solution is used for:

Treating genital warts (condylomata acuminata). It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Alferon N Solution is an interferon. How it works is not fully understood. It is thought to work by helping the immune system fight viruses, which decreases their ability to reproduce.

Do NOT use Alferon N Solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Alferon N Solution, including egg protein or neomycin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Alferon N Solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Alferon N Solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have immune system problems, bleeding problems (eg, hemophilia), diabetes, epilepsy or seizures, shingles, chickenpox, or a history of suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • if you have heart problems, lung problems, or bone marrow problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Alferon N Solution. However, no specific interactions with Alferon N Solution are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Alferon N Solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Alferon N Solution:

Use Alferon N Solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Alferon N Solution is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you are using Alferon N Solution at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • Do not shake Alferon N Solution.
  • If the medicine contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial/container is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • If you miss a dose of Alferon N Solution, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Alferon N Solution.

Important safety information:

  • Alferon N Solution may cause dizziness or changes in vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Alferon N Solution. Using Alferon N Solution alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Do not change brands of Alferon N Solution without discussing it with your doctor.
  • Alferon N Solution will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines are depressants.
  • Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Alferon N Solution.
  • Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain local regulations for selecting an appropriate container and properly disposing of the container when full.
  • Alferon N Solution CONTAINS ALBUMIN, which comes from human blood. There is an extremely rare risk of developing a viral disease or a central nervous system disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. No cases of viral diseases or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from albumin have been identified.
  • LAB TESTS, including liver function and complete blood cell count, may be performed to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Alferon N Solution during pregnancy. It is unknown if Alferon N Solution is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Alferon N Solution.

Possible side effects of Alferon N Solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Appetite loss; changes in taste or hearing; chills; diarrhea; fatigue; flu-like symptoms; headache; muscle and joint pain; nausea; pain or other reaction at the site of injection; stomach pain; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; bloody diarrhea; chest pain; dark urine or changes in amount of urine; depression; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; drowsiness; intolerance to heat or cold; irregular heartbeat; one-sided weakness (arm, leg); persistent sore throat; poor coordination; pounding in the chest; psychotic or manic behavior; seizures; severe stomach/abdominal pain; suicidal thoughts; tingling hands or feet; unusual bleeding/bruising; unusual increase in thirst; vision changes; vomiting blood; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Alferon N Solution:

Store Alferon N Solution in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep Alferon N Solution, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Alferon N Solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Alferon N Solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Alferon N Solution. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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