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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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What to do if I have hepatitis C and interferon did not work.?

What to do if I have hepatitis C and interferon did not work.?

Hep C Rx: Treatment options include: Direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Both new pills - Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) - work better than the current treatment for hepatitis C. They cure it more often & in less time ...Read more

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My hepatitis C is going untreated as I have already tried the pagasys and interferon. Almost killed me what can I try what will happen to me untreated?

My hepatitis C is going untreated as I have already tried the pagasys and interferon. Almost killed me what can I try what will happen to me untreated?

Depends: Everybody who has hepatitis c needs to know their genotype (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6) and whether ot not they have severe scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). If you have been treated with peg-interferon plus ribavirin, it is good to know how much the viral load went down on treatment. This info will help you see which new hcv treatments will benefit you and the likelihood of cure. ...Read more

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How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating hepatitis C?

How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating hepatitis C?

Treating Hep C: There are quite a number of totally oral (pill) regimens for treating Hep C, such that interferon is hardly ever used anymore. Not sure who is trying to give that to you, but you may want to get a second opinion. Interferon can be rough treatment -alot of patients struggle with the side effects. Interferons are good antiviral medicines, but there's alot of alternatives these days for Hep C. See MD ...Read more

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How effective are interferon alfacon-1 injections for treating hepatitis C?

How effective are interferon alfacon-1 injections for treating hepatitis C?

Not Very: The interferons are not very effective for treatment hepatitis C. Depending on the type (genotype) of hepatitis C, the cure rate ranges from about 30% to 75% at best. There are now newer medications called Direct Acting Antivirals which are much more effective and have fewer side effects than the interferon medications. ...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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What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy (ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!

What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy (ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!

Hep c: Hep c is hard to treat and as you know, the treatment is hard to tolerate. Symptoms of relapse would include jaundice, but a better way is to just get a viral load checked with a blood test. That would tell you a lot more. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c injection" peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b) a" has many side effects. How can they be decreased.?

Hepatitis c injection" peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b) a" has many side effects. How can they be decreased.?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) / Benadryl: You can try premedicating with tylenol (acetaminophen) and benadryl. Alternate injection sites. Get plenty of rest. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of treatment for hep c with interferon?

The major effect of: Interferon is the feeling of achiness and fever sort of like having a viral infection. Using the so-called pegylated interferon, the side effects are less. ...Read more

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Having post interferon side effects from hep c treatment over a year later! Doctors don't see the correlation?

Having post interferon side effects from hep c treatment over a year later! Doctors don't see the correlation?

Sure, but...: ...We're going to need a little more help from you. We can have your answer if you tell us what symptoms concern you, the location of your pain, its intensity, duration, timing (with meals, urination, stooling) ; accompanying issues like fever, tenderness, vomiting, bleeding, etc, ; circumstances (exposures, pregnant, stressed). Also, what tests have been done to exclude some possibilities? ...Read more

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Diagnosed with hep c and had interferon treatment in 2001.I became undetectable until 2012 it came back.2013 test says nonreactive. How?

False positive: The type of test employed may be the issue. False positive results can occur. The best test is quantitative viral titer. If you have truly remained viral negative for 10 years the chances of recurrence are almost nil. ...Read more

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My hep c count is in the millions. Can interferon help me?

My hep c count is in the millions. Can interferon help me?

Yes and no: Hepatitic C VL's are commonly in the multiple millions firstly. Approximately 75% of Americans w/ HCV have genotype 1 of the virus (subtypes 1a or 1b), and 20-25% have genotypes 2 or 3, with small numbers of patients infected with genotypes 4, 5, or 6. While interferon was the main medication for years. A new Hep C med Ledipasvir-sofosbuvir is now available. 12 weeks treatment and 1 pill a day! ...Read more

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I was on the interferon/ pegatron tx for hep c in 2007. Occasionally, I still feel the effect it had on me while on it. Is this possible?

Not really: The half life of the drugs is long enough but won't have an effect on you beyond a few months. HCV itself can certainly cause many similar symptoms however... you don't say if the treatment was successful? If not, i'd follow up with your doctors soon... we have had lots of exciting changes in the HCV world! ...Read more

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How does sovaldi work differently than interferon against hcv?

Yes: They are different family of medications. Sovaldi is what is called an ns5b inhibitor (suppresses viral replication), and interferon is an "immunomodulator", it enhances your own body cells to attack certain cells. Sovaldi is a very potent and effective new medication against hepatitis c. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my hep c count is in the millions am I to far gone for interferon to help me?

Rx of Hep C: First, let's get one thing straight: There are ALWAYS treatment/management options, so banish. The fatalistic 'too far gone' mindset. You're going to need all the courage and optimism and focus you can muster to cooperate with your internist/hepatologist to fight this problem. And no, I think there are situations were even with your viral load some meds, including interferon, can be helpful. ...Read more

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What will happen if my husband starts to drink heavily after interferon treatment for hep c?

Only bad things: This is incredibly high risk behavior. Your husband is begging for cirrhosis. Get him help if at all possible. ...Read more

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After 12 weeks of HCV interferon and riboviron treament I got tested and it shows no response. What next?

New meds: New antivirals are already available (sovaldi, olysio). Other new meds are being approved by fda in the next 1-2 years, with a >95% chances of cure. Some regimens are going to be without interferon. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 37 yr old and HCV + geno 3, should I go for interferon 2a + ribav or peginterferon 2a + ribav, which is the best for me, please advice.

Harvoni: Well my dear your in luck. A new medication called Harvoni just came on the market. Its a combination of 2 very very effective medications (Ledipasvir-sofosbuvir). Its 1 pill a day, no interferon or ribaviron needed. The cure rate at 12 weeks is reported to be spectacular @ >94%. 12 weeks and your done. Ask your infectious disease doctor....its going to revolutionize Hep C treatment! ...Read more

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Hep C (Definition)

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