To treat condylomata acuminata (genital or venereal warts) in patients 18 years of age or older.
It acts in the same way as the body's natural interferons, which are proteins released by the immune system to fight viruses, cancer cells, and other types of disease. Interferon alfa-n3 is derived from human white blood cells and has an antiviral effect.
0.05 ml injected into each wart 2 times a week for up to 8 weeks. Total dose for each session should not exceed 0.5 ml (2.5 million units).
Unknown; however, warts will continue to disappear after completion of 8 weeks of therapy and discontinuation of the drug.
Drink plenty of fluids to reduce risk of excessively low blood pressure.
Keep interferon alfa-n3 refrigerated but do not allow it to freeze.
If you miss a dose, do not take the missed dose and do not double the next dose. Check with your doctor on what to do.
The decision to stop taking the drug should be made by your doctor.
See your doctor regularly for tests and examinations if you must take this drug for a prolonged period.
Adverse reactions may be more likely and more severe in older patients.
Do not drive or engage in hazardous work until you determine how the medicine affects you. Administering interferon at bedtime may help to minimize daytime sleepiness.
Adequate studies have not been done. Consult your doctor for advice.
Interferon alfa-n3 may pass into breast milk; caution is advised. Consult your doctor for advice.
No special studies have been done; consult your pediatrician.
Do not change to another brand of alfa interferon without consulting your doctor. They have different dosage schedules. Try to avoid people with infections, because this drug can lower white blood cell levels temporarily and increase susceptibility to disease. Be careful when cleaning your teeth, and avoid cutting yourself when using sharp objects such as a razor. Avoid contact sports or other situations where bruising could occur.
No specific ones have been reported.
Call your doctor or emergency medical services (EMS) immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor for specific advice if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medication, especially central nervous system depressants including antihistamines, alcohol, tranquilizers, or psychiatric medications.
None are known.
Caution is advised when taking interferon alfa-n3. Consult your doctor if you have a history of bleeding or clotting disorders, chicken pox, shingles, psychological or neurological disorders, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, or thyroid disease.