What is Interferon alfa-2b?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Interferon alfa-2b is used to treat chronic hepatitis B and C, hairy cell leukemia, AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma, malignant melanomaa, and chronic phase Philadelphia chromosome (Ph) positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). It is given by a shot into either the muscle or under the skin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Essential thrombocythemia 4 2
Melanoma 3 0
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma 2 0
Hepatitis C 2 3
Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Interferon alfa-2b

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 3
Autoimmune disease undefined 1
Autoimmune pancreatitis 1
Fever/chills 1
Flu like symptoms 1
Joint pain 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Why patients stopped taking Interferon alfa-2b

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
See all 9 patients who've stopped taking Interferon alfa-2b

Duration

Stopped taking Interferon alfa-2b

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 2
Not specified 2

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Interferon alfa-2b and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydroxyurea (Hydrea) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Interferon alfa-2b.