peginterferon alfa-2a (generic name)

It is a man-made drug that acts like a protein made by the body
(peg in ter FEER on AL fa 2 a)
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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-bloody diarrhea
-breathing problems
-change in blood sugar
-changes in vision
-chest pain
-confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
-fast, irregular heartbeat
-high blood pressure
-increased anger, depression, irritability, or thoughts of suicide
-pain in lower back or stomach
-pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
-sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
-trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
-trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
-unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

-aches, pains
-dry, itchy skin
-hair loss
-loss of appetite
-nausea, stomach upset
-pain or swelling at site where injected
-trouble sleeping
-unusually weak or tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Do not leave this medicine out of the refrigerator for more than 24 hours. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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