Generic Name: interferon alfa-n3 (IN ter FEER on AL fa)Brand Names: Alferon N
Interferon alfa-n3 is made from human proteins. Interferons help the body fight viral infections.
Interferon alfa-n3 is used to treat genital warts that occur on the outside of the body. This medication is for use only in people who are at least 18 years old.
Interferon alfa-n3 is usually given after other medications have been tried without successful treatment of genital warts.
Interferon alfa-n3 may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about Alferon N (interferon alfa-n3)?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to interferons, or if you are allergic to eggs or mouse proteins.
Before receiving interferon alfa-n3, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, congestive heart failure, angina (chest pain), severe lung disease (such as COPD), diabetes, bone marrow suppression, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, or a seizure disorder.Call your doctor if you have flu symptoms (fever, chills, and body aches), or if your genital warts do not completely clear up within 3 months after your last injection of interferon alfa-n3.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving Alferon N (interferon alfa-n3)?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to interferons, or if you are allergic to eggs or mouse proteins.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use interferon alfa-n3:
heart disease, congestive heart failure, angina (chest pain);
severe lung disease such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease);
bone marrow suppression;
a seizure disorder; or
a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia.
Interferon alfa-n3 is made from human plasma (part of the blood) and may contain viruses and other infectious agents that can cause disease. Although donated human plasma is screened, tested, and treated to reduce the risk of it containing anything that could cause disease, there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.
Interferon alfa-n3 is injected directly into each genital wart lesion. You will receive this injection in a clinic setting.
Interferon alfa-n3 injections are usually given 2 times per week for up to 8 weeks.
Your lesions may only partially clear up by the end of your 8-week treatment. However, you may continue to notice improvement even after your treatment ends.Tell your doctor if your warts do not completely clear up within 3 months after your last injection of interferon alfa-n3.
To reduce or prevent certain side effects, your doctor may recommend you take acetaminophen (Tylenol) at the time of your interferon alfa-n3 injections. Follow your doctor's instructions about the correct dose.
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your interferon alfa-n3 injection.
Symptoms of an interferon alfa-n3 overdose are not known.
Less serious side effects may include:
headache, tired feeling;
joint or muscle pain, back pain;
mild nausea; or
sleep problems (insomnia).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
There may be other drugs that can interact with interferon alfa-n3. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.