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Generic name: interferon alfa-2



What it does:
Treats chronic hepatitis C

Traditional dosage:
3 million IUs per square meter of body surface, subcutaneously or intramuscularly, three times a week.

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Use caution if taking with Retrovir and similar HIV drugs, theophylline (treats breathing problems), or Tyzeka.

Side effects:
Most serious: depression, suicidal behavior, pain, breathing and vision problems, fever, bleeding or bruising
Other: flu-like symptoms, sleep disturbances, headache, thyroid problems, fatigue

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