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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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 effects does betaseron (interferon beta 1b) have on breastfeeding?

What effects does betaseron (interferon beta 1b) have on breastfeeding?

Interferon for MS?: It should be okay. No information is available regarding whether it can be passed onto an infant in mother's milk. No studies are available regarding harm in infants. Have your pediatrician monitor the progress during the health maintenance visits. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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)?

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

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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What are the differences between immunosuppressive drugs and rituxan (rituximab)?

What are the differences between immunosuppressive drugs and rituxan (rituximab)?

Rituximab: Rituximab is one class of immunosuppresant therapy. It is an chimeric (composed of human and animal) monoclonal antibody directed against a surface marker (cd20) on your b-cells. Your b-cells naturally produce your own body's antibodies to help fight infections. There are other types of immunosuppresants which have different targets than b-cells, such as t-cells, and cytokines such as tnf-alpha. ...Read more

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Can retrovir (zidovudine) and stavudine (d4t, zerit) be taken together in an HIV regimen of medicine?

Can retrovir (zidovudine) and stavudine (d4t, zerit)  be taken together in an HIV regimen of medicine?

Yes: But the choice of combinations will depend upon assessment by a competent HIV specialist, measuring not only the sensitivity of the virus in a given patient, but the tolerance of that patient to the side-effects of the medicines. ...Read more

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Results: Hep C quant. : 2,802,680 HCV log10: 6.448. Reflex to genotype was unable to determine genotype even though there was sufficient HCV RNA?

Results: Hep C quant. : 2,802,680 
HCV log10: 6.448. Reflex to genotype was unable to determine genotype even though there was sufficient HCV RNA?

Hepatitis C virus: Sometimes it's not possible to determine the genotype of this virus, which thus makes the expected response to treatment more uncertain. This is a 'slippery virus' -there are 11 major genotypes (designated 1-11), and many subtypes (a, b, c, etc.) A hepatologist (GI subspecialist) or an ID doctor who works with Hep C patients can help you. You'll need an established relationship for treatment... ...Read more

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I'm hebs ag negative with a high anti hbs antibody from vaccination. This week's test was reported as hebs ag detected with anti hbs antibody of 513 miu/ml. Lft normal....Scared....Lab error?

I'm hebs ag negative with a high anti hbs antibody from vaccination.  This week's test was reported as hebs ag detected with anti hbs antibody of 513 miu/ml. Lft normal....Scared....Lab error?

Yes: That sounds like lab error. Your hbsab would provide immunity; i'm assuming yoru hbcab (core) is negative; i wouldn't worry, talk to your doctor about a retest if you are concerned, but even if you were infected, there is no reason for treatment at this time. ...Read more

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HC worker. 1992 Hep B vac, 2004 titer & booster. 2012 labs hep B neg. Labs done last wk; now told that Hep B test is positive?? How can this be?

HC worker. 1992 Hep B vac, 2004 titer & booster. 2012 labs hep B neg. Labs done last wk; now told that Hep B test is positive?? How can this be?

The vaccine worked: Lab tests aren't perfect and sometimes can be wrong. Or maybe the negative result was from the wrong kind of test. Vaccination makes hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) positive. Tests for surface antigen (HBsAg) or core antibody (HBcAb) remain negative. Most important, you can be sure you are immune and protected by the vaccine -- so no worries. ...Read more

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05/05/2016 Siemens Advia Centaur hep C antibody result positive.08/10/2016 Abbott Architect (cmia) hep C antibody result negative.Who is telling truth?

05/05/2016 Siemens Advia Centaur hep C antibody result positive.08/10/2016 Abbott Architect (cmia) hep C antibody result negative.Who is telling truth?

It's not really: a question of truth telling. No test is perfect: the proteins and reactants used in each test will respond to an individual's blood/biologic material, potentially, in a different way. Falsely positive or falsely negative results are not very unusual. You need to decide on a confirmatory strategy with your doctor. Retesting is necessary and an expert can help you weigh the evidence to decide result ...Read more

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CML 10/12. Gleevec .5 log at 6 mths. Sprycel (dasatinib) .5 log at 6 mths. Stem cell transplant 4/14. 7/14 Blast crisis - 65% blast BM + Aspergillus F lung Help?

CML 10/12. Gleevec .5 log at 6 mths. Sprycel (dasatinib) .5 log at 6 mths. Stem cell transplant 4/14.  7/14 Blast crisis - 65% blast BM + Aspergillus F lung Help?

Difficult case: it is a complicated case obviously. first and foremost the infection has to be treated. i would suggest you to follow up with ID and oncologist very closely. importantly is to check if there is certain mutation like T315i mutation as this mutation is resistant to gleevec, sprycel, tasigna (nilotinib) - and should be treated with ponatinib or aurora kinase inhibitor etc. discuss with oncologist. God bless ...Read more

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For 58+ F, Hb 10.8, RBC 3.66, PCV 34, MCV 94, MCHC 31, WBC 5.4, Pt 1.8, Iron 57, TIBC 255, TSI 22, RC 1.2, Ferritin 83 indicate which type of anemia ?

For 58+ F, Hb 10.8, RBC 3.66, PCV 34, MCV 94, MCHC 31, WBC 5.4, Pt 1.8, Iron 57, TIBC 255, TSI 22, RC 1.2, Ferritin 83 indicate which type of anemia ?

Mild anemia: Assuming you've had no recent bleeding episodes, these findings could be seen in mild/early anemia of chronic disease. Hgb and Hct are only boarder line low, and iron panel appears within the reference range. Even something as simple as a particularly heavy period could cause mild anemia of this type, though. If you have a chronic medical illness, it could cause this type of anemia. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while on anabolic steroids? Hepatitis b vaccine anabolic steroids

Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while on anabolic steroids? Hepatitis b vaccine
anabolic steroids

Yes: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is not a live vaccine but is made from dna particles only and cannot cause infection. It is well tolerated and safe. This vaccine is given even to newborn babies (in a smaller dose) 3 doses will normally give immunity for life. There is an accelerated dosing given to those traveling into high risk zones--this dosing requires a later fourth dose. Bad disease--get protected! ...Read more

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My husband is taking mestinon, (pyridostigmine) methotrexate, and prednisone for myasthenia gravis. Are all 3 needed?

My husband is taking mestinon, (pyridostigmine) methotrexate, and prednisone for myasthenia gravis.  Are all 3 needed?

Quite possibly: About 1/3 can see spontaneous remission, 1/3 stabilize on chronic medications, and 1/3 have progressive difficulties. In appropriate candidates, minimally invasive thoracic surgery to remove thymus (thymectomy) can possibly cure or stabilize disease or decrease amount and/or types of meds. This link may help: http://goo.Gl/3xxmd. ...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