Generic Name(s): Peginterferon alfa-2b
Drug Class: Antineoplastic Agent
Treats: chronic Hepatitis C
Pegintron is made from human proteins which help the body in fighting viral infections. Pegintron is used to treat chronic hepatitis C in adults. It is used in combination with another medication referred to as ribavirin to treat hepatitis C in adults and children. Pegintrin may also be used in combination with boceprevir (Victrelis) or telaprevir to treat hepatitis C in adults.
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Pegintron is used to treat long-term hepatitis C, which is a disease of the liver caused by hepatitis C virus infection. In adults, Pegintron can be used in patients who have not been treated before or whose previous treatment failed.
It can be given in triple therapy combination together with boceprevir and ribavirin to adults with type 1 hepatitis C. In other patients with Hepatitis C virus in their blood, Pegintron give with ribavirin or on its own if they cannot take ribavirin.
- Hepatitis C
Pegintron dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
- The recommended dose of PegIntron is 1.5 mcg per week. The amount of PegIntron to be injected depends on the strength of PegIntron and the body weight of the patient.
- The recommended dose for Rebetol to be used with PegIntron is 800 to 1400 mg orally depending on the patient body weight taken with food.
Pegintron Side Effects
It is very likely that some side effects of PegIntron may fail to be reported. These effects can be reported to the FDA. Always consult your doctor in case you experience any of the following side effects
If you are taking PegIntron under the directions of the doctor, your doctor may already be aware of any possible interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Drug interactions may change the nature in which your medication work or increase your risk for serious side effects.