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User Reviews for Peginterferon alfa-2a

Also known as: Pegasys

Peginterferon alfa-2a has an average rating of 7.1 out of 10 from a total of 17 ratings on Drugs.com. 56% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 19% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Peginterferon alfa-2a reviews 7.1 17 reviews

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Reviews for Peginterferon alfa-2a

Shadow · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 18, 2021

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “I had this treatment for almost a year. It was with copagus also. My blood work showed no signs of hep c within months. The side effects were very debilitating. I lost a lot of weight. My wife was now buying my shorts from the boys department. No pants were long enough. I was skin on bones. Huge sacks of fluid started forming on my elbows. I was encouraged to continue treatment even though my blood work showed no signs of hep. Now I have RA. Supposedly it can bring out a problem they said I was going to have later in life. Now my RA is very aggressive and I had part of a lung removed soon after RA treatment. This was 14 years ago. I wish I had stopped this treatment sooner.”

4 / 10
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Joel January 26, 2021

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “I took interferon injections 3 times s week for a year and then Hepatitis C Virus returned. I tried pegylated interferon with ribavirin for 2 months then quit as anemia got to me. Then I found a Dr. Who added procrit to the mix. I never got anemic and was able to complete the treatment with little or no side effects. I've been virus free for 8 years now.”

10 / 10
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SACPE May 4, 2015

For Hepatitis C: “I will agree this treatment is hard, but don't be put off. The first time I did my course of 2 tablets in morning and 2 at night followed by weekly injection it was hard, but no harder than the heroin habit I had was. The virus cleared up after 20 weeks,which they shouldn't have told me, as I stopped taking the treatment but didn't tell my doctor (I told you its not easy). Sadly the virus returned as I had not got rid of it, it was just undetectable in the count per mill of blood and came back. I am now into my 2nd treatment after a 3year rest. This time I'm sticking it out. I am from UK Under Bradford NHS and love the staff there for all their help....”

10 / 10
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Heavywall007 August 18, 2011

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “The new form interferon in the pegalated version is very effective in the cases of hepatitis C, genome type 2. I had count of 118 million per sample when I started the treatment of both the Pegasus and Copegus. After 2 months of treatment, I was told I was RNA negative as far that blood tests went. I am in the 6th and final month of treatment, still RNA negative. The truth will be 6 months after treatment, when my doctors will take a more definitive blood test. Overall, this medicine, even though it has some manageable side-effects, is in my opinion worth of the rating I have given it.”

9 / 10
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barkeep86 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 25, 2013

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “I was on the Pegasys for 48 weeks. I used the autoinjector and it was easy and painless. In fact after each injection I would look to make sure there was a spot of blood just to make sure I got it because I never felt it. It seems to have worked. I still have to do my 6 month check, but so far so good. Only negative effect was a small open wound that had turned into a very large wound that would not heal. I didn't know which of the 3 medicines from the therapy was to blame but the wound got larger almost overnight and would not heal. The wound care doctor seemed to think interferon was to blame and as soon as I was finished treatment he did a skin graft and got me on the way to healing that.”

10 / 10
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BGVB December 4, 2014

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “I've been on the therapy 4 month now and it does knock you about, but after 2 month, the viral load was undetectable in my blood, hurrah! ! My side effects are manageable, but the reduction of red blood cell count is a bit worrying. I'm doing a blood test every 2wks and at this moment, my Dr has reduced the Ribavirin intake from 5 to 4 tablets per day. All in all I must say, I'm glad this treatment is available and you have a very good chance of being healed. It is very important to keep busy, rest when tired and get up and go again.”

10 / 10
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tobywayne · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 23, 2012

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “The side effects were over with 6 treatments. It was rough at first but well worth doing the treatments. Had two doctors said treatments might not work but the third doctor was very sure treatments would work. Glad I got the third doctor.”

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Bill G April 14, 2015

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “I was treated with this twice on it's own and a 3rd time with a 3rd drug added. I have I have Hep C Subtype 1a. None of the treatments helped me, but the side effects were devastating. I became anemic shortly after taking the treatment. I was sick, exhausted and almost glad when the doctor told me that that it wasn't working and they were taking me off it. I'm now on Harvoni. But my girlfriend had Hep C Type 2, it worked for her, but she suffered bad side effects during the treatment”

3 / 10
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Anonymous September 26, 2009

For Hepatitis C: “I have been taking the shot and the pills for 3 months now. It's been tough, I have been really weak and got depressed, having to take anti-depressant medicines, which help me big time. The therapy is tough but the end result is what I am waiting for, Hep C free.”

10 / 10
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happy2bedana March 7, 2010

For Hepatitis C: “My husband went through 48 weeks of this therapy. It started off good, undetectable early, then 6 months after completion of the therapy, the HCV returned and it did so times 2. He still has side effects from this medication. He was recently asked if he wanted to retreat.”

5 / 10
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Liver Drama July 22, 2008

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “This is the hardest drug therapy I've ever been on in my life but the results are a effective and fast. Please complete the entire therapy for amazing recovery results for Hepatitus C.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous August 3, 2009

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “This medicine is working really great for me. I am only on my 5th injection and the virus is already undetectable in my blood!”

7 / 10
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SVRatlast June 1, 2009

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “I agree, this medicine is grueling along with the Ribavirin pills that need to be taken but it works. I'm 6 months into treatment and at 12 weeks my viral load was "undetectable".”

5 / 10
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walker3114 May 5, 2010

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “I am taking care of my husband while he is on this treatment. Every side effect is showing up. He is on his 4th month and I am considering stopping the medicines altogether. ”

1 / 10
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roni61 December 10, 2009

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “This medicine had very rough side affects, but at 12 weeks my viral load was undetectable. Still waiting for the 6 month after treatment test.”

8 / 10
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PandaBird · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 27, 2014

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: “Felt horrible, very depressed, lethargic, tired all the time.”

1 / 10
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barbaro January 11, 2010

For Hepatitis C: “This drug works. It's not fun....I have suffered all the side effects, but after 10 shots I'm clear now just another 38 weeks......good luck”

10 / 10
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