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Interferon alfa-2a

Details of the Drug
Generic Name:
Interferon alfa-2a
in-ter-FEER-on AL-fa-too-ay
Drug Type:
How the Drug is Given:

Intramuscular (IM) or subcutaneous (SC) injection

Interferon alfa-2a

Indications and Usage

Interferons are substances naturally produced by cells in the body to help fight infections and tumors. They may also be synthetic versions of these substances. Interferon alfa-2a is FDA approved to treat people who have hairy cell leukemia and Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia who are minimally pretreated (within 1 year of diagnosis). It may cause a temporary loss of hair. After treatment has ended, normal hair growth should return.


Side effects needing medical attention

Depression, anxiety or other mental changes; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; chest pain; numbness or tingling in fingers, toes or face; rapid heartbeat with or without fever; rash; dizziness; flulike symptoms (such as fever, fatigue, muscle, joint or bone pain, headache, chills); sweating; cough; sore throat; swelling of feet or ankles; difficulty walking; unusual tiredness or fatigue; loss of appetite; changes in taste; nausea and vomiting; weight loss; diarrhea or stomach pain. 


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