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interferon alfa-2b subcutaneous

Side Effects

List interferon alfa-2b subcutaneous side effects by likelihood and severity.

The following side effects are associated with interferon alfa-2b subcutaneous:

Common side effects of interferon alfa-2b subcutaneous:

  • Abnormal Liver Function TestsSevere
  • AnemiaSevere
  • Decreased Blood PlateletsSevere
  • Decreased White Blood CellsSevere
  • Stomach CrampsSevere
  • DiarrheaLess Severe
  • DizzyLess Severe
  • Dry MouthLess Severe
  • Feel Like Throwing UpLess Severe
  • Flu-Like SymptomsLess Severe
  • Hair LossLess Severe
  • Loss of AppetiteLess Severe
  • Low EnergyLess Severe
  • Numbness and TinglingLess Severe
  • RashLess Severe
  • Taste ProblemsLess Severe
  • Throwing UpLess Severe
  • Trouble BreathingLess Severe
  • Weight LossLess Severe

Infrequent side effects of interferon alfa-2b subcutaneous:

  • Abnormally Low Blood PressureSevere
  • Chest PainSevere
  • Decreased Function of Bone MarrowSevere
  • Decreased Neutrophils a Type of White Blood CellSevere
  • Hepatitis caused by DrugsSevere
  • Herpes Simplex InfectionSevere
  • Numbness, Tingling or Pain of Hands or FeetSevere
  • PneumoniaSevere
  • Toxic Effect on Brain or Spinal Cord FunctionSevere
  • AnxiousLess Severe
  • Blurred VisionLess Severe
  • Chronic Trouble SleepingLess Severe
  • ConfusedLess Severe
  • Dry SkinLess Severe
  • Excessive SweatingLess Severe
  • Fast HeartbeatLess Severe
  • Leg CrampsLess Severe

Rare side effects of interferon alfa-2b subcutaneous:

  • Abnormal Heart RhythmSevere
  • Any Disorder of the BrainSevere
  • DepressionSevere
  • Detachment of the Retina of the EyeSevere
  • Disease of the Muscle of the Heart with EnlargementSevere
  • Disease of the Retina of the EyeSevere
  • Erythema MultiformeSevere
  • HallucinationSevere
  • Having Thoughts of SuicideSevere
  • Hearing LossSevere
  • Heart AttackSevere
  • Hemolytic AnemiaSevere
  • High Amount of Bilirubin in the BloodSevere
  • Increased Pressure of Pulmonary CirculationSevere
  • Inflammation & Obstruction of Smallest Breathing PassagesSevere
  • Interstitial PneumonitisSevere
  • Kidney DiseaseSevere
  • Low Platelet Count and Bleeding from Immune ResponseSevere
  • Mental Disorder with Loss of Normal Personality & RealitySevere
  • Nephrotic SyndromeSevere
  • Overactive Thyroid GlandSevere
  • PancreatitisSevere
  • Rheumatoid ArthritisSevere
  • SarcoidosisSevere
  • Serious Muscle Damage that may Lead to Kidney FailureSevere
  • Signs and Symptoms at Injection SiteSevere
  • Stevens-Johnson SyndromeSevere
  • StrokeSevere
  • Sudden Blindness and Pain Upon Moving the EyeSevere
  • Systemic Lupus ErythematosusSevere
  • Thoughts of Hurting or Killing OthersSevere
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic PurpuraSevere
  • Toxic Epidermal NecrolysisSevere
  • Underactive ThyroidSevere
  • VasculitisSevere
  • X-Ray Results showing Lung Tissue ChangesSevere
  • Aggressive BehaviorLess Severe
  • Any Disease of the TeethLess Severe
  • Canker SoreLess Severe
  • Cannot Focus ThoughtsLess Severe
  • Loss of MemoryLess Severe
  • Occasional Numbness, Prickling, or Tingling of Fingers and ToesLess Severe
  • Optic Disk EdemaLess Severe
  • Puffy Face from Water RetentionLess Severe

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