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Sylatron

Sylatron Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: PegIntron, PegIntron Redipen, Sylatron

Generic Name: peginterferon alfa-2b (Pronunciation: peg in ter FEAR on AL fa 2 b)

What is peginterferon alfa-2b (Sylatron)?

Peginterferon alfa-2b is made from human proteins that help the body fight viral infections.

Peginterferon alfa-2b is used to treat chronic hepatitis C in adults. Peginterferon alfa-2b is often used in combination with another medication called ribavirin (Rebetol, Ribasphere) to treat hepatitis C in adults and children who are at least 3 years old.

Peginterferon alfa-2b may be used in combination with boceprevir (Victrelis) or telaprevir (Incivek) to treat hepatitis C in adults. The Sylatron brand of peginterferon alfa-2b is used to treat melanoma (skin cancer) after surgery.

Peginterferon alfa-2b may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of peginterferon alfa-2b (Sylatron)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using peginterferon alfa-2b and call your doctor at once if you have severe or worsening symptoms such as: confusion, depression, tired feeling, anxiety, aggression, tremors, muscle twitching, seizure, unusual thoughts or behavior, or thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself. Once you have had this type of reaction to peginterferon alfa-2b, you must never use it again.

Stop using peginterferon alfa-2b and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • vision problems;
  • fast heart rate, feeling like you might pass out;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
  • high fever with severe stomach pain and bloody diarrhea;
  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
  • cough with mucus, feeling short of breath, chest pain, uneven heartbeats;
  • sudden numbness or weakness, problems with vision, speech, or balance; or
  • new or worsening liver symptoms (upper stomach pain, dark urine, jaundice).

Other common side effects may include:

  • headache, joint or muscle pain;
  • nausea, dry mouth, loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia), feeling mildly anxious, depressed, or irritable; or
  • pain, redness, swelling, or irritation where the medicine was injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Sylatron (peginterferon alfa-2b) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about peginterferon alfa-2b (Sylatron)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to peginterferon alfa-2b or other alfa interferons, or if you have autoimmune hepatitis, liver failure, severe kidney disease, a hemoglobin blood cell disorder, or if you are pregnant or if you are a man and your sexual partner is pregnant.

Peginterferon alfa-2b is often used together with another medication called ribavirin (Rebetol, Ribasphere), which is known to cause birth defects or death in an unborn baby. Do not use peginterferon alfa-2b and ribavirin if you are pregnant, or if you are a man and your female sexual partner is pregnant.

Before using peginterferon alfa-2b, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions.

Stop using peginterferon alfa-2b and call your doctor at once if you have severe or worsening symptoms such as: confusion, depression, tired feeling, anxiety, aggression, tremors, muscle twitching, seizure, unusual thoughts or behavior, or thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself. Once you have had this type of reaction to peginterferon alfa-2b, you must never use it again.

There are many other medicines that can interact with peginterferon alfa-2b. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use.

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