Side effects of treatment with interferon are common and may include:
- Flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, muscle aches, fever, chills, and fatigue. You may be able to feel better if you take the drug at bedtime along with a pain reliever such as acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol).
- Loss of appetite and weight loss.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Low blood counts, which may increase your risk of infection or bleeding.
Rare side effects include:
- Excessive amounts of protein in the urine.
- Hair loss.
- Suicidal behavior.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 17, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology