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Interferon (Definition)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more


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Will interferon and ribavirin cause depression?

Will interferon and ribavirin cause depression?

It Can: One of the more worrisome side-effects of interferon therapy is depression. Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are known to be associated with interferon therapy. ...Read more

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I just started receiving interferon/ribavirin, can the side effects come on gradually?

I just started receiving interferon/ribavirin, can the side effects come on gradually?

Yes: The side effects, especially anemia, can come on gradually and can get worse with continued use. ...Read more

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What are common side effects of combination (ribavirin + interferon) treatment?

Lots...: Fatigue, headache, rigors, fever, insomnia, irritability, depression, dizziness, impaired concentration, anxiety, emotional lability, hair loss, pruritus, dry skin , rash, nausea, anorexia , weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, anemia, injection site reaction, muscle and joint pains, shortness of breath, cough, flu-like symptoms, birth defects, chest pain, suicidal behavior to start. ...Read more

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How exactly do interferon alpha2a and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

How exactly do interferon alpha2a and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

Mechanism of action: Interferon Alpha 2a is a protein similar to infection fighting proteins released by white blood cells. Ribavirin is a prodrug that resembles purine RNA nucleotides. Therefore, Ribavirin interferes with the RNA replication of the hcv. ...Read more

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Whats the next step after infergen (interferon alfacon 1) and ribavirin?

For HCV?: Interferon gamma and Ribavirin has been the standard of care for treatment of hepatitis c virus infections. Success rates have been poor, however. Newer antiviral agents are now available and being used in patients who did not have successful treatment with interferon and ribavirin. You should talk to your doctor about new options. ...Read more

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How likely is it that interferon and ribavirin will help cure hepatitis c?

Depends: That depends on which genotype of hcv you have. In general, it's easier to cure hepatitis c with a combination of interferon, ribavirin, and an hcv protease inhibitor than with interferon and Ribavirin alone. However, there are some hcv genotypes that have a high cure rate without the protease inhibitor. ...Read more

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I have beta-thalassemia and HCV. I was on interferon with ribavirin in 2008. It didn't work. Now I want to try Sovaldi. What are my chances it works?

I have beta-thalassemia and HCV. I was on interferon with ribavirin in 2008. It didn't work. Now I want to try Sovaldi. What are my chances it works?

Worth the try: It's looking really good. I hope you are able to get it. The politics of availability are bizarre -- I feel the drug company needs to see a fair profit that will allow more work, and that the people whose taxes paid for the basic research aren't denied a great medicine. Keep reading the blogs and find out the best way for you to get access to the real stuff at reasonable cost. ...Read more

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Going through interferon and ribavirin trtmt for hepc, labs show very low platelet count what does that mean?

Known side effect: Bone marrow suppression is a known side effect of your treatment. Low platelet counts are usually not problematic unless the count falls below 40, and in some patients a count as low as 10 may not cause problems. Blood counts are usually monitored during treatment and you should discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Weight Changes (Definition)

Weight changes are fluctuations in a person's body weight. Weight changes can be normal or abnormal, depending on what a person ...Read more


Dr. Erik Voogd
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Ribavirin (Definition)

Ribavirin is an antiparasite agent which is a kind ...Read more