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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

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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Looking for a sickle cell trait medication, information on intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

Looking for a sickle cell trait medication, information on intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

Unclear question: I'm not sure what you are trying to treat. Sickle cell trait is not a disease and there are no medications currently approved to "treat" it. Do you have some other condition that you feel would be helped with intron a (interferon alfa 2b)? ...Read more

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Is anyone familiar with the drug avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

Is anyone familiar with the drug avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

Yes!!: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is a disease modifying drug, a betainterferon 1 a that is given intramuscularly once a week in remitting/relapsing multiple sclerosis for prevention of attacks. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

What's the difference between the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

# OF INJECTIONS: Both Avonex and Copaxone are drugs of the 90's, and have helped numerous pts. Copaxone is injected daily, does have injection rxtns, yet is considered safer for pregnancy. Avonex is injected once weekly, but can cause flu rxtns, depression, thyroid and liver issues, and is not safe for pregnancy. Both are modestly effective, but many newer agents have better outcomes (tysabri, gilenya, (fingolimod) etc). ...Read more

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How are the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone distinguished from each other?

How are the MS drugs avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone distinguished from each other?

Avonex (interferon beta 1a) v Copaxone: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is an injection given to a muscle once per week. It is a deep shot. Copaxone is a superficial shot given under the skin every day. The retail costs of the medicines are about the same. They are both expensive; insurance coverage may be important. Avonex (interferon beta 1a) sometimes may cause flu-like side effect symptoms, copaxone may not. Both can cause irritation by the injection site. ...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 ...Read more

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Interferon alpha-2a is used for what coniditon?

Interferon alpha-2a is used for what coniditon?

Interferon: Interferon alfa-2a in pegylated form (brand name is either Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) or peg-intron) is used for hepatitis c infection. This is a long acting interferon, which means it is taken once week.
Standard or non-pegylated interferon is an old interferon also used to be to treat hepatitis c infection. This is usually taken three times a week. This interferon is not used widely since 2001/2002. ...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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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 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

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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

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Why might interferon alpha be prescibed?

Why might interferon alpha be prescibed?

Various: Interferon Alpha is used for treatment of chronic hepatitis b and c, follicular non-hodgkin lymphoma, kaposi's sarcoma in aids patients, and anogenital warts. Other uses are under investigation, such as for carcinoid, multiple myeloma, renal cell carcinoma, and others. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with interferon alfa-2b injections?

Many; see below: Many of patients experience flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and weakness within 1-2 hours of taking the medication. Symptoms like irregular heartbeat, chest pressure or tightness, hallucinations, irritability, insomnia, depressive mood, and suicidal thoughts may also occur. It’s important to report any of these to your doctor. ...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.

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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What's intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

What's intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

Interferon alpha: Is a treatment for chronic hepatitis c and is also occasionally used in certain types of lymphoma and leukemia. It is a manufactured protein that is derived from a real human protein. There are some very significant side effects that include severe flu-like symptoms, depression, nausea, diarrhea, headaches. ...Read more

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What is intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

Interferon alfa-2b: Interferon Alpha 2b, made from recombinant dna, used in the treament of several illnesses. A poor name -- an intron is defined to be a portion that is transcribed by messenger RNA but then the corresponding portion of messenger RNA is removed by RNA splicing before translation. ...Read more

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Interferon Alfa 2a (Definition)

Interferon alfa-2a is a cancer-related immune system affecting agent which is a ...Read more