Interferon alfa-2B


Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Injection
Condyloma acuminata
Adult: Inject 1 million units into each lesion 3 times wkly for 3 wk; repeat after 12-16 wk as needed. Max: 5 lesions per treatment course.

Parenteral
Hairy cell leukaemia
Adult: 2 million units/m2 IM/SC 3 times wkly for up to 6 mth or more.

Parenteral
Chronic hepatitis C
Adult: 3 million units IM/SC 3 times wkly for 6-12 mth (depending on genotype) when used with ribavirin, or for 6-18 mth (up to 24 mth) when used as monotherapy.

Parenteral
Chronic active hepatitis B
Adult: 5-10 million units IM/SC 3 times wkly for 4-6 mth, or 5 million units daily for 16 wk.

Parenteral
Melanoma
Adult: Initially, 20 million units/m2 daily for 5 days each wk for 4 wk by IV infusion over 20 minutes. Maintenance: 10 million units/m2 via SC inj 3 times wkly for 48 wk.

Parenteral
AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma
Adult: 30 million units/m2 IM/SC 3 times wkly.

Subcutaneous
Chronic myeloid leukaemia
Adult: 4-5 million units/m2 daily; continue at the max tolerated dose to maintain remission.

Subcutaneous
Carcinoid tumours
Adult: 3-9 million units (usually 5 million units) 3 times wkly. Advanced disease: 5 million units daily.

Subcutaneous
Follicular lymphoma
Adult: As an adjunct to chemotherapy: 5 million units 3 times wkly for 18 mth.

Subcutaneous
Multiple myeloma
Adult: Maintenance dose following chemotherapy induction: 3 million units/m2 3 times wkly.
Contraindications
Hypersensitivity. Hepatic decompensation, autoimmune hepatitis or a history of autoimmune disease, immunosuppressed transplant recipients.
Special Precautions
History of pulmonary disease (e.g. COPD) or DM prone to ketoacidosis. Coagulation disorders or severe myelosuppression. Monitor patients with history of MI and/or arrhythmic disorders. Preexisting or history of psychiatric disorder, particularly depression. Poorly controlled thyroid abnormalities. Perform ophthalmological exam on patients with preexisting ophthalmologic disorders (e.g. diabetic or hypertensive retinopathy). Monitor WBC count in myelosuppressed patients and in those receiving other myelosuppressive agents. Preexisting psoriasis. May impair ability to drive or operate machinery. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Flu-like symptoms; alopecia; hypersensitivity reactions; nausea; anorexia; myelosuppression; lethargy; ocular side effects; depression; CV problems; nephrotoxicity; hypertriglyceridaemia; thyroid abnormalities; hyperglycaemia; psoriasiform rash; confusion; coma; seizures.
Potentially Fatal: Hepatotoxicity, pulmonary infiltrates, pneumonitis and pneumonia, autoimmune diseases.
Drug Interactions
Reduces clearance of theophylline. Enhanced myelosuppression with other myelosuppressive drugs (e.g. zidovudine).
Action
Description: Interferon alfa-2b binds to a specific cell surface protein. Once bound, it initiates a series of intracellular activities including induction of certain enzymes, suppression of cell proliferation, enhancement of phagocytic activity of macrophages, augmentation of cytotoxicity of lymphocytes for target cells, and inhibition of viral replication.
Pharmacokinetics:
Absorption: Peak plasma concentrations in 3-12 hr (IM/SC); 30 min (IV).
Excretion: Elimination half-life: 2-3 hr (IM/SC); 2 hr (IV).
Storage
Store at 2-8°C (36-46°F).
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