Generic name: interferon alfa-n3 (IN ter FEER on AL fa)
Brand name: Alferon N
Dosage forms: injectable solution (5000000 intl units/mL)
Drug class: Interferons
What is interferon alfa-n3?
Interferon alfa-n3 is used to treat genital warts in adults. interferon alfa-n3 is for use only on the outside of the body.
Interferon alfa-n3 is usually given after other treatments have failed.
Interferon alfa-n3 may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Call your doctor if your genital warts do not completely clear up within 3 months after your last injection of interferon alfa-n3.
Before taking this medicine
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
low white blood cell (WBC) counts;
liver or kidney disease;
depression or mental illness;
heart problems; or
a thyroid disorder.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How is interferon alfa-n3 given?
Interferon alfa-n3 is injected directly into each genital wart lesion, usually given 2 times per week for up to 8 weeks.
A healthcare provider will give you this injection.
Your lesions may only partially clear up after 8 weeks, but you may notice improvement even after your treatment ends.
Tell your doctor if your warts do not completely clear up within 3 months after your last injection.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your interferon alfa-n3 injection.
What happens if I overdose?
In a medical setting an overdose would be treated quickly.
What should I avoid while receiving interferon alfa-n3?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Interferon alfa-n3 side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, chest tightness, wheezing, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).
Call your doctor at once if you have:
chest pain or pressure;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
a hoarse voice; or
low white blood cell counts--fever, mouth sores, skin sores, sore throat, cough.
Common side effects may include:
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.
Interferon alfa-n3 dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Condylomata Acuminata:
Refractory or recurring external condylomata acuminata:
0.05 mL (250,000 international units) per wart, injected intralesionally 2 times a week for up to 8 weeks
-The maximum recommended dose per treatment session is 0.5 mL (2.5 million international units).
-Therapy should not be repeated for at least 3 months after the initial 8-week course of therapy (unless existing warts grow or new warts appear).
Use: For the intralesional treatment of refractory or recurring external condylomata acuminata
What other drugs will affect interferon alfa-n3?
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