Warnings:

This medication may rarely cause or worsen some serious medical conditions, including mental/mood problems (such as depression), autoimmune conditions (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), blood vessel problems (such as heart disease), or infections. Careful monitoring by your doctor may decrease your risk. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any serious symptoms or side effects (see Side Effects section). Some side effects may go away or lessen after stopping treatment with this medication.

Warnings:

This medication may rarely cause or worsen some serious medical conditions, including mental/mood problems (such as depression), autoimmune conditions (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), blood vessel problems (such as heart disease), or infections. Careful monitoring by your doctor may decrease your risk. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any serious symptoms or side effects (see Side Effects section). Some side effects may go away or lessen after stopping treatment with this medication.

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Uses

Ropeginterferon alfa-2b is used to treat a certain type of cancer (polycythemia vera). This medication is the same as a protein that your body naturally produces (interferon). In the body, it is thought to work by affecting cell function/growth and the body's natural defenses (immune system) in many ways.

How to use

Read the Medication Guide and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using ropeginterferon alfa-2b and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional and the product package. To increase comfort, remove this medication from the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Do not warm up this medication in any other way such as heating in the microwave or placing in hot water. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Inject this medication under the skin in your abdomen or thigh as directed by your doctor, usually once every 2 weeks. Do not inject near the belly button or at the waistline. Do not inject into skin that is irritated, red, bruised, infected, or scarred. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin.

The dosage and schedule are based on your medical condition, lab tests, and response to treatment. If you are stable on this medication for at least a year, your doctor may change your dosing schedule to a longer time interval (such as every 4 weeks). Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to use the medication.

Drink plenty of fluids while using this medication unless your doctor directs you otherwise.

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