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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Peginterferon Alfa 2a (Overview)

Peginterferon alfa-2a is a gastroenterology drug.


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What are the potential side effects of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

What are the potential side effects of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

Talk to your doctor!: Some of the common side effects of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) (peg-interferon alfa-2a) are fatigue, depression, headache, fever, low white cell count, muscle pain and chills. However, there are potentially more serious side effects as well. The risk of developing side effects may depend on your other health problems. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
16 doctors shared insights

Peginterferon Alfa 2a (Overview)

Peginterferon alfa-2a is a gastroenterology drug.


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What are effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Depends: From a hepatitis c treatment standpoint, using Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) in combination with Ribavirin and a protease inhibitor can have dramatic treatment effect (i.e. Lead to cure of hepatitis c depending on the stage of your liver disease). Now "side-effects" can range from "flu-like" symptoms to lab abnormalities, depression, rash, GI symptoms, anxiety/irritability, insomnia, etc. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What happens when I miss a dose of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

What happens when I miss a dose of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

Report it: When you miss a dose of peg interferon, you should report it to your treating physician. If it is just one dose, chances are you may have it injected later that day or week. If it is not feasible, i think you will still need to continue on with your treatment, as one dose is unlikely to change the trend you've had. Talk to you doc, though. ...Read more

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What are the potential side effects of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

Talk to your doctor!: Some of the common side effects of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) (peg-interferon alfa-2a) are fatigue, depression, headache, fever, low white cell count, muscle pain and chills. However, there are potentially more serious side effects as well. The risk of developing side effects may depend on your other health problems. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Any long term side effects from pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Usually not: In general, once you have finished your treatment with pegasys, (peginterferon alfa 2a) side effects/symptoms that you were having during treatment slowly disappear, but can take up to 6 months and in some instances 1 year although rare. It can result in autoimmune disorders, although this is also rare. I would discuss your concerns with your treating physician for other rare long term side effects. ...Read more

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What are some common side effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What are some common side effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Flu-like symptoms: Although Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) has been known to make psychiatric symptoms worse and cause some problems with bone marrow suppression (anemia, low white count, low platelets), the most common side effect is flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the drugs those can interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What are the drugs those can interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Many: There is a long list of drugs that may interact. The main ones are azathioprine, methadone, stavudine, telbivudine and theophylline. You should take to your doctor to make sure that your curent medicines do not interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a). ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between peginterferon alfa 2a & peginterferon alfa 2b?

Can you tell me the difference between peginterferon alfa 2a & peginterferon alfa 2b?

Drug names: Both are pegylated interferons. Peginterferon alfa 2a is made by roche branded Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and is a slightly larger molecule. Peginterferon 2B is made by schering and its dose is calculated based on body weight. The brand name is peg-intron. These drugs have similar efficacy and side effects. ...Read more

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What is the usual procedure for preparing and injecting pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What is the usual procedure for preparing and injecting pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Simple Steps: Simple steps but all need to be done and it is best to have formal treating by a health care provider before starting. Basically it involves preparing the syringe and then drawing up the medication. Next you will need to find a spot on your abdomen or thigh and then inject into a pinched segment of skin. ...Read more

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Long term after effect of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) interferon?

Usually none: Most, if not all side effects usually resolve over 4-6 weeks. Rarely, some autoimmune conditions such as alopecia (loss of hair) if precipitated may not reverse. ...Read more