What is Avonex (interferon beta-1a), and how does it work?
- Interferon beta-1a (Avonex) is a protein produced by recombinant DNA technology using genetically engineered Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells into which the human interferon beta genes have been introduced. It is used for treating multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Interferon beta-1a is designed to be identical to interferon beta that is naturally produced by various cells in the body. Interferon beta has antiviral properties and plays a role in regulating the immune response. The exact mechanism by which interferon beta-1a works in the body to treat MS is not known. Interferon beta-1a does not cure MS. Rather, it helps to decrease the number of flare-ups and slows the occurrence of some of the physical disability that commonly occurs in the disease.
What brand names are available for Avonex (interferon beta-1a)?
- Avonex is the brand name available for interferon beta-1a in the US.
Is Avonex (interferon beta-1a) available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for Avonex (interferon beta-1a)?
What are the uses for Avonex (interferon beta-1a)?
- Avonex (Interferon beta-1a) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults. It reduces the occurrence of MS flares and reduces physical disability caused by MS.
What are the side effects of Avonex (interferon beta-1a)?
Common side effects include:
Other side effects include:
Possible serious side effects include:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/5/2017
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