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What are the drugs those can interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What are the drugs those can interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Many: There is a long list of drugs that may interact. The main ones are azathioprine, methadone, stavudine, telbivudine and theophylline. You should take to your doctor to make sure that your curent medicines do not interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a). ...Read more

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What are effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Depends: From a hepatitis c treatment standpoint, using Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) in combination with Ribavirin and a protease inhibitor can have dramatic treatment effect (i.e. Lead to cure of hepatitis c depending on the stage of your liver disease). Now "side-effects" can range from "flu-like" symptoms to lab abnormalities, depression, rash, GI symptoms, anxiety/irritability, insomnia, etc. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What happens when I miss a dose of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

What happens when I miss a dose of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

Report it: When you miss a dose of peg interferon, you should report it to your treating physician. If it is just one dose, chances are you may have it injected later that day or week. If it is not feasible, i think you will still need to continue on with your treatment, as one dose is unlikely to change the trend you've had. Talk to you doc, though. ...Read more

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What are the potential side effects of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

What are the potential side effects of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

Talk to your doctor!: Some of the common side effects of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) (peg-interferon alfa-2a) are fatigue, depression, headache, fever, low white cell count, muscle pain and chills. However, there are potentially more serious side effects as well. The risk of developing side effects may depend on your other health problems. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Any long term side effects from pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Usually not: In general, once you have finished your treatment with pegasys, (peginterferon alfa 2a) side effects/symptoms that you were having during treatment slowly disappear, but can take up to 6 months and in some instances 1 year although rare. It can result in autoimmune disorders, although this is also rare. I would discuss your concerns with your treating physician for other rare long term side effects. ...Read more

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What are some common side effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What are some common side effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Flu-like symptoms: Although Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) has been known to make psychiatric symptoms worse and cause some problems with bone marrow suppression (anemia, low white count, low platelets), the most common side effect is flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between peginterferon alfa 2a & peginterferon alfa 2b?

Can you tell me the difference between peginterferon alfa 2a & peginterferon alfa 2b?

Drug names: Both are pegylated interferons. Peginterferon alfa 2a is made by roche branded Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and is a slightly larger molecule. Peginterferon 2B is made by schering and its dose is calculated based on body weight. The brand name is peg-intron. These drugs have similar efficacy and side effects. ...Read more

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What is the usual procedure for preparing and injecting pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What is the usual procedure for preparing and injecting pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Simple Steps: Simple steps but all need to be done and it is best to have formal treating by a health care provider before starting. Basically it involves preparing the syringe and then drawing up the medication. Next you will need to find a spot on your abdomen or thigh and then inject into a pinched segment of skin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pegasys allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Pegasys allergy?

Pegasys allergy: Pegasys (Peginterferon alfa-2a) is an immunosuppressive & antiviral medication used in the treatment of hepatitis B or C. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: https://www.drugs.com/pegasys.html ...Read more

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Long term after effect of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) interferon?

Usually none: Most, if not all side effects usually resolve over 4-6 weeks. Rarely, some autoimmune conditions such as alopecia (loss of hair) if precipitated may not reverse. ...Read more

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Infergen use after pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure appropriate?

Not really: I am assuming you are asking about hepatits c treatment. Infergen is an old type of interferon. Data suggest that Infergen has little or no benefit after Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure. There are new oral medications. These medications (pills) along with Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and Ribavirin has very good response rate, if you are infected with type i hepatitis c virus. Response rate is doubled from previous treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & peg-intron?

What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & peg-intron?

Size of the molecule: Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) is larger size and comes in solution where as pegontron comes as powder that needs to be reconstituted with saline before administration. Efficacy wise, Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) may be marginally better. ...Read more

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Why are some slow in seeking approval for peg-intron and pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Why are some slow in seeking approval for peg-intron and pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Price: It is a very expensive medication! insurance want to make sure it is indeed indicated before paying such a pricey medication. ...Read more

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What do you think of the hepatitis C treatment {pegasys & rebetol}?

What do you think of the hepatitis C treatment {pegasys & rebetol}?

Not only Rx: Peg-interferon and Ribavirin are the standard treatment for hepatitis c unless you have genotype 1 where addition of a pi such as Incivek (telaprevir) can improve response rates and shorten treatment course. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & pegintron in treatment of hcv?

What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & pegintron in treatment of hcv?

Packaging...: Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and pegintron (peginterferon alfa 2b) are two drugs fda approved for treatment of chronic hepatitis c. They are slightly different in their chemical composition but studies indicate they are virtually equally effective in what they do and have very similar side effect profiles. Insurance usually drives which of the two is preferred on their formulary. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & pegintron for treatment of hcv?

What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & pegintron for treatment of hcv?

Very little: These are both long acting forms of pegylated interferon that can be injected once a week. Cure rates using each are similar. Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) has been given a slight edge in cure rates by kaiser and veteran's admin studies as well as the uspstf. Most hepatitis c drug companies that combine their new drugs with interferon and Ribavirin use pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a). But your provider will use what he/she is used to. ...Read more

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In my 3rd week of 180mcg pegasys/week & 800mg ribasphere/day.Imgoing on 15 days of my period (never been more than 5) w/headache , is this normal?

In my 3rd week of 180mcg pegasys/week & 800mg ribasphere/day.Imgoing on 15 days of my period (never been more than 5) w/headache , is this normal?

Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & Ribavirin: These drugs used for hepatitis c treatment, among others, can have serious side effects. Ribavirin is associated with headaches. The prolonged menstrual bleeding can be a sign of a blood dyscrasia. It would be wise to follow up with your physician immediately. ...Read more

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I was treated with pegintron & rebitol for HCV & my count increased from 130 to 460 at 48 th vial can I complete with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

I was treated with pegintron & rebitol for HCV & my count increased from 130 to 460 at 48 th vial can I complete with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

No...: Since you have detectable hcv virus at the 48th and final week of treatment unfortunately you either were a non-responder or experienced a breakthrough on treatment. In either case switching to Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) will not matter. Treatment should be discontinued and you should see your doctor to discuss any available different treatment regimens. Good luck! ...Read more

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