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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Interferon Alfa 2a (Overview)

Interferon alfa-2a is a cancer-related immune system affecting agent which is a kind of cancer drug.


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What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

2 versions 1 drug: They are the same drug except that the pegylation makes that drug longer acting, so it can be given less often. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
2 doctors shared insights

Interferon Alfa 2a (Overview)

Interferon alfa-2a is a cancer-related immune system affecting agent which is a kind of cancer drug.


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What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

2 versions 1 drug: They are the same drug except that the pegylation makes that drug longer acting, so it can be given less often. ...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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Need info on interferon alfa-2b?

Google it: Since i don't know what specific information you need, it is difficult to answer in a concise manner given the limitation of our responses. Honestly i would "google it" as there are a lot of medical and non medical topics that might help you. If you have further specific questions, i would be happy to answer. ...Read more

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Who should not take interferon alfa-2b injections?

Contraindications: See list of contraindications at: https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo.cfm?archiveid=12503

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What is benefit of interferon?

See below: Interferon-beta1a, when used in the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS has been show to reduce the annualized relapse frequency, reduce disease progression and improve quality of life. ...Read more

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What is interferon used to treat?

Interferon(s): Are used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat different diseases. Multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C are examples of such diseases ...Read more

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What to avoid while using interferon?

Drugs: Clearly any thing that would cause furtehr damage to theliver-alcohol being the prime thing. Nausea and vomiting are side effects so should limit any food that cuses this in you. ...Read more

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What is interferon used for in medicine?

What is interferon used for in medicine?

Interferon(s): Are used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat different diseases. Multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C are examples of such diseases ...Read more

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Are interferon and peg-interferon different?

PEG interferone: Peg (pegylated) interferon is a long acting interferon, used to treat hepatitis b and c. Interferons are proteins released in the body in response to viral infections. Interferons are important for fighting viruses in the body, for regulating reproduction of cells, and for regulating the immune system. ...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 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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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

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