Plegridy

Drug List

Plegridy

Drug Name

Plegridy (Peginterferon beta1a)

Manufactured By

Biogen

Drug Savings

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Class

Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). Peginterferon is not a cure for MS, but it may help to decrease the number of episodes of disease worsening (relapses) and slow the worsening of the disease.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Instructions for Use Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using peginterferon 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. 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. If this medication is stored in the refrigerator, remove the medication from the refrigerator and let it warm at room temperature for about 30 minutes before injecting. Do not use heat sources (such as warm water) to warm this medication. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin. Do not inject into skin that is irritated, bruised, scarred, or infected. Inject this medication under the skin in the thigh, abdomen, or the back of the upper arm as directed by your doctor, usually every 14 days. Check the injection site 2 hours after injecting to see if there is any reaction at the injection site. Tell the doctor of any skin reactions that do not go away after a few days. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time and same day of the week.

Side Effects

Pain, redness, itching, or swelling at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Flu-like symptoms (such as headache, fever, chills, weakness, nausea/vomiting, muscle aches/pain) may also occur, especially when you first start this medication. You can reduce these side effects by using fever reducers/pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as depression, rare thoughts of suicide), symptoms of liver disease (such as persistent nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), pus or change in skin color (blue-black) at the injection site, unusual tiredness, swelling ankles/feet, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, unusual change in weight, intolerance to cold or heat, signs of kidney problems (such as a change in the amount of urine). Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: seizures, chest pain. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

For the best possible benefit, it is important to use each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C) away from light. Do not freeze. Do not use the medication if it has been frozen. Keep the medication in the closed original carton to protect from light. If needed, the medication may be stored outside the refrigerator between 36-77 degrees F (2-25 degrees C) for up to 30 days. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.