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How do you take interferons?

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You get interferon as a shot under your skin or into a muscle. A doctor can give you the shot or teach you how to give it to yourself at home. Interferon is also sometimes given through a vein in your arm (infusion).

The number of shots or infusions you need depends on the condition you have. Shots are often given three times a week, but to treat cancer, you may get an infusion 5 days a week for several weeks or months.

From: Your Guide to Interferons WebMD Medical Reference

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Clinical and Experimental Hepatology: "Recommendations for the treatment of hepatitis C in 2017."

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FDA: "Medication Guide: Roferon-A," "Product information: Intron A."

HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee: "Gene Family: Interferons (IFN)."

Journal of Biological Chemistry : "The interferons: 50 years after their discovery, there is much more to learn."

Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research : "How type I interferons work in multiple sclerosis and other diseases: Some unexpected mechanisms."

Mayo Clinic: "Interferon Alfa-2B (Injection Route)," "Interferon Beta-1a (Intramuscular route, subcutaneous route)," "Interferon Beta-1b (Subcutaneous route)," "Interferon Gamma (Injection route, subcutaneous route)."

Medscape: "Interferon alfa 2b (Rx)," "Interferon alfa n3 (Rx)," "Update on hepatitis C treatment."

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MS Society: "Beta interferons."

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U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Peginterferon Alfa-2a Injection," "Peginterferon Alfa 2-b (PEG-Intron)."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Cancer Research UK: "Interferon (Intron A)," "Side Effects of Interferon (Intron A)."

Clinical and Experimental Hepatology: "Recommendations for the treatment of hepatitis C in 2017."

Clinical Cancer Research : "Direct effects of type I interferons on cells of the immune system."

FDA: "Medication Guide: Roferon-A," "Product information: Intron A."

HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee: "Gene Family: Interferons (IFN)."

Journal of Biological Chemistry : "The interferons: 50 years after their discovery, there is much more to learn."

Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research : "How type I interferons work in multiple sclerosis and other diseases: Some unexpected mechanisms."

Mayo Clinic: "Interferon Alfa-2B (Injection Route)," "Interferon Beta-1a (Intramuscular route, subcutaneous route)," "Interferon Beta-1b (Subcutaneous route)," "Interferon Gamma (Injection route, subcutaneous route)."

Medscape: "Interferon alfa 2b (Rx)," "Interferon alfa n3 (Rx)," "Update on hepatitis C treatment."

Microbiology and Immunology Online: "Interferon."

MS Society: "Beta interferons."

National MS Society: "Plegridy."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Interferon: The Science and Selling of a Miracle Drug."

Protein Data Bank: "Interferons."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Peginterferon Alfa-2a Injection," "Peginterferon Alfa 2-b (PEG-Intron)."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 11, 2018

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