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What should I know before beginning treatment with interferon beta?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Your doctor will need to do a complete blood count and liver function tests before you start treatment.

If you have a seizure disorder or myelosuppression, interferon beta may not be a good option for you.

If you have a history of alcohol abuse, interferon beta may not be a good option for you.

If you have had heart disease or liver disease, interferon beta may not be a good option for you.

If you have a mood disorder, including depression, interferon beta may not be a good option for you.

If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or may be pregnant, interferon beta may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

If you are breastfeeding, interferon beta may not be a good option for you. It is not known if this drug can be passed into breast milk.

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