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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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How effective are interferon alfacon-1 injections for treating hepatitis C?

How effective are interferon alfacon-1 injections for treating hepatitis C?

Not Very: The interferons are not very effective for treatment hepatitis C. Depending on the type (genotype) of hepatitis C, the cure rate ranges from about 30% to 75% at best. There are now newer medications called Direct Acting Antivirals which are much more effective and have fewer side effects than the interferon medications. ...Read more

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What's the next step after infergen (interferon alfacon 1) and ribavirin?

What's the next step after infergen (interferon alfacon 1) and ribavirin?

For HCV?: Interferon gamma and Ribavirin has been the standard of care for treatment of hepatitis c virus infections. Success rates have been poor, however. Newer antiviral agents are now available and being used in patients who did not have successful treatment with interferon and ribavirin. You should talk to your doctor about new options. ...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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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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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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The one-two of t helper cells: does interferon-gamma knock out the th2 hypothesis for asthma?

The one-two of t helper cells: does interferon-gamma knock out the th2 hypothesis for asthma?

Th2 hypothesis: I really do not understand the question. In the current understanding and current medical literature, that is nothing to disprove t-helper2 cells mediating asthma ; other allergic disorders. ...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?

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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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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Chronic hepatitis b. .. I did interferon therapy for one year and then 1 year break and now I have viral loud 38074609 copies. What I do?

Chronic hepatitis b. .. I did interferon therapy for one year and then 1 year break and now I have viral loud 38074609 copies. What I do?

Hepatitis B: The best treatment for hepatitis b is Lamivudine or viread (tenofovir). There is at least one other oral medication. Are you sure you were treated with interferon for hepatitis b and not for hepatitis c? ...Read more

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Chronic hepatitis b. .. I did interferon therapy for one year and then 1 year break and now I have viral loud 38074609 copies / ml. What I do?

Go back to doctor: See a hepatologist. There is new therapy available with which to treat this disease. Because the alternative is ultimately cirrhosis and possibly hepatocellular carcinoma and death it is certainly worthwhile looking into. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does high level of interferon mean?

Liver failure: Interferon acts on the liver. If taking a normal dose and your level is high should check liver enzymes to see if the liver has failed. ...Read more

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Is there anything I should do before starting interferon?

Talk to your doctor: It depends on which type of interferon and why you are taking it. Talk to your doctor who is prescribing the interferon. ...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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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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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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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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How are antibodies and interferons different?

How are antibodies and interferons different?

Markers and fighters: The presence of antibodies indicate exposure to an infection. Antibodies are markers. They can be tested in the blood. Interferons are substances that suppress viruses. These are fighters. They cannot be tested for. ...Read more

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How much does interferon for hepatitis b cost?

$2, 000 - $3, 500: It depends on the type of interferon and the amount you are using, but it ranges $2000 to $3000 per month. ...Read more

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How many interferon for hepatitis b to be cured?

How many interferon for hepatitis b to be cured?

4-6 months: Interferon is generally given for 4-6 months. In some settings, longer therapy may be needed. Generally about a third of patients will respond to this medication. It's advantage is that it is short term treatment (compared to long term treatment with the other antiviral medicines). You should discuss this treatment option with an expert in hepatitis b infection. ...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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Which is better? Interferon or tysabri (natalizumab)?

NO contest: Tysabri (natalizumab) is the second most potent MS drug on the market, but it has a risk, as can potentially cause Progressive Multi-focal Encephalopathy, and possibly melanoma. Interferons are drugs of the past, and being phased out over time, due to lack of efficacy, but they are quite safe in most patients. ...Read more

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Anyone know if cancers can be triggered by the interferon?

Anyone know if cancers can be triggered by the interferon?

No: Interferons are proteins belong to the large class of glycoproteins known as cytokines) which are made by cells in response to pathogens, such as viruses, and tumors. There are about 10 that have been identified. 2 or 3 have been manufactured for therapeutic use in the treatment of some cancers and other diseases such as hepatitis. While as their use causes side effects, they don't cause cancer. ...Read more

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If you are pregnant with et. What type of interferon is safe to use?

Ask your doctor: Whether et stands for essential thrombocytopenia or tremors, both are rare disorders, advice for such treatment is tailored to each individual case through combined approach by the primary treating physician and the obstetrician following the case. ...Read more

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Can I get tested for gluten intorence while im on interferons for MS?

Can I get tested for gluten intorence while im on interferons for MS?

Gluten sensitivity: Yes. Gluten sensitivity is a blood test looking at IgA and IgG antibodies against some of the common gluten enzymes and protein particles. However, the gold standard for testing for celiac disease is a biopsy of the intestine. ...Read more

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What is the difference between weight-based and fixed dose of pegylated interferon?

Interferon: Weight based means that the dose is adjusted for the milligrams per kilogram of the patient whereas a fixed dose simply means everybody, no matter age or weight or gender, gets the exact same dose. ...Read more

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Interferon Alfacon 1 (Definition)

Interferon alfacon-1 is an antiparasite agent which is a kind ...Read more


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