What To Think About
Interferon should be used only under the supervision of a Reference medical oncologist Opens New Window or Reference hematologist Opens New Window. When interferon is used for chronic viral hepatitis, a Reference hepatologist Opens New Window or Reference gastroenterologist Opens New Window is most likely to supervise treatment.
Clinical trials are studying the use of interferon for melanoma that has spread or come back.
Interferon can cause birth defects. Taking this medicine is not recommended if you wish to become pregnant or to father a child while you are taking it. But for young women with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) who are pregnant, there may be less risk in taking this medicine compared to other medicines, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs).
Do not use alcohol or illegal drugs while you are being treated with interferon.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 17, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology