In the United Kingdom, Pegasys is available in 3 strengths 90mcg, 135mcg and 180mcg as prefilled syringe kits.
Prescription Pegasys prefilled syringes contain peginterferon alfa 2a used to treat chronic hepatitis C and certain liver problems. Pegasys is often used in combination with other hepatitis C medicines including ribavirin. Pegasys is not recommended for children under 5 years of age or when a patient has had a solid organ transplant.
Pegasys works the same as natural interferons in your body which help fight infections caused by viruses. They modify the how the immune system works and may block virus multiplication.
Pegasys must be used exactly as prescribed by your physician as the dose may change during treatment. Pegasys is most often prescribed as a 180 mcg prefilled syringe used once per week usually at bedtime. The duration of Pegasys is often from 4 to 18 months depending on response to treatment, type of virus, and whether you have used Pegasys before.
Pegasys is a subcutaneous injection (under the skin) given in the belly or thigh. Pegasys may be self injected once you have been trained and are comfortable with procedure. Follow the directions in the packaging carefully.
The Pegasys syringe kit comes with a pre-filled syringe of Pegasys and an injection needle. The kit does not include a cleansing swab, bandage, sterilized gauze or waste container.
Pegasys must be be shipped and stored in refrigerated conditions at all times prior to use. Do not freeze Pegasys or expose the medicine to light (keep in original container). Transportation of Pegasys must also be in cold condition or refrigerated packaging. When we ship Pegasys, it comes with temperature detector device to ensure proper storage in transit.
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This product requires special packaging to maintain its integrity during the shipping process. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICATION if the attached temperature indicator shows that the medication was exposed to temperatures below 2 degrees or above 8 degrees celsius, and contact the pharmacy immediately.