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Interferon Alfa 2a Medication
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
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
# 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
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
If suffering from heart disease with ejection fraction 40% can we start with interferon and other drugs for hep c cure?
Probably but...: Cardiologist needs to initiate CHF ned's & keep a very close eye on things. ...Read more
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
Contraindications: See list of contraindications at: https://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo. Cfm? Archiveid=12503 ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Toxic to viruses: Interferons are directly toxic to viruses; I cannot comment on the exact mechanism, however. ...Read more
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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
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: Great google/wikipedia question. To many details for our 400 spaces here. ...Read more
Sir is there any alternate for interferon 2B for a person suffering from MS? Thanking you in advance..
I'm having post interferon side effects and it's been a year, my dr. S don't seem to believe it's related. What do I do?
Please Clarify: What do you mean specifically by the words: 'interferon side effects'? ...Read more
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
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
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
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