Generic Name(s): interferon beta-1a
Drug Class: Interferon Betas
Treats: Multiple Sclerosis
Avonex (interferon beta-1a) is used to treat patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. The drug is an Interferon Beta that is man made and used to fight viral infections. Avonex is used to treat the symptoms and effects of the disease however, it will not cure the disease.
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Avonex is an Interferon Beta-1a, which is a man made substance used to fight viral infections in the body. This man made substance is used to treat patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. The drug will help to lower the frequency of relapse symptoms.
Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease where an individual's immune systems targets the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Avonex is an injection that is used to decrease the symptoms and relapses of multiple sclerosis.
Below you will find the different uses for Avonex:
- Multiple Sclerosis
Avonex dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Avonex may be started at a lower dose, working its way up to the full dose after a few treatments. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
- Intramuscularly Dosage: 30 micrograms once a week
Avonex Side Effects
After being injected with Avonex, individuals may experience different side effects. Note, not all side effects are listed here. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
Common Avonex Side Effects:
- Sour stomach
Less Common Avonex Side Effects:
- Hair loss
- Trouble with sleeping
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
If combined with other medications, individuals may experience serious side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking Avonex. Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Avonex. Note, this list does not include all possible drug interactions.