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How do the interferons protect the body against viruses?

How do the interferons protect the body against viruses?

Toxic to viruses: Interferons are directly toxic to viruses; i cannot comment on the exact mechanism, however. ...Read more

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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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I have been injected by one dose of interferon as a precaution for virus c , did this harm my body. This happened since 6 yrs ago?

I have been injected by one dose of interferon as a precaution for virus c , did this harm my body. This happened since 6 yrs ago?

Interferon: This will not have harmed you, but you should definitely go and be tested to see if you have hepatitis c and whether there may be a need for treatment. This is a very serious illness. ...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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What is the structure of avonex (interferon beta 1a)? What does it do in the body?

Response: Avonex, (interferon beta 1a) a minimally effective interferon, is intended to slow inflammatory cellular invasion of central nervous system in MS. An extremely poor choice these days in presence of 12 more effective drugs. Side effects such as general malaise, flu-like reactions, depression, thyroid issues, liver problems, fatigue and need to inject limit use. If you wish to view structure, visit Wikipedia. ...Read more

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What food should I avoid while using interferon?

Food: I assume you are taking interferon for hepatitis c infection. There is really nothing special to avoid while using interferon. But make sure you are well hydrated, drink plenty of fluids. Try to avoid any spicy food, since it can cause upset stomach (interferon can also cause upset stomach). Avoid alcohol completely. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: interferon?

Stimulating immunity: 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 what cells they activate. ...Read more

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What do alpha and beta interferons do?

Interferons: Used to treat several diseases, mainly multiple sclerosis, and hepatitis c, according to severity and degree of responsiveness,mainly they modulate the immune system ...Read more

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How can one deal with the side effects of interferon?

See your doctor: Without knowing your specific symptoms, i would contact your doctor to help. Interferon has many side effects and the best way to deal with them is to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor who is treating you. They can prescribe medications that help with certain symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the side effects from having interferon shots?

Many: There are many side effects, including flu-like symptoms, anemias, mood changes such as depression, and others. This is why you need to be checked out by an experienced professional before and during treatment. ...Read more

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How can ai treat the side effects from taking interferon?

Symptomatic treatmen: Symptomatic treatment with pain medications, nsaids etc are options. Drinking plenty of water, gaitoraide etc to maintain hydration. ...Read more

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How do I know if the interferon is working in treating hepatitis?

Check viral levels: Your treating provider should periodically check viral loads (level) to determine the efficacy of your treatment. When viral loads become zero and continue to stay like that even after the treatment concluded then you will know if you are cured. ...Read more

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All my blood counts are very very low could interferon be the cause?

All my blood counts are very very low could interferon be the cause?

Yes: Inteferon causes low blood counts, specifically the white count. When someone is on that medication, the CBC should be monitored and the drug dose adjusted if needed. Need to be sure no other causes but notorious to do this. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do you know what is the different between interferon gamma with interferon gamma 1b?

No, I don't. Sorry. : No I don't. Sorry. Better to ask the doctor who is prescribing this for you or who is involved in your care. ...Read more

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Sir is there any alternate for interferon 2B for a person suffering from MS? Thanking you in advance..

Yes: There are other MS disease-modifying therapies, including glatiramer acetate (Copaxone), natalizumab, fingolimod, and some others. Whether they are appropriate (and affordable!) for you is a question you should explore with your neurologist. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Adverse effects of interferon?

Adverse effects of interferon?

Many different.: Interferon can cause many different types of side-effects including anemia, low white blood cell counts, low platelet counts, decreased appetite, tiredness, fatigue and depression. In addition, low grade fever and muscle aches may occur. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more