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Interferon Alpha Medication
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
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
What's the difference between imiquimod and topical human interferon alpha-2beta? Can it be more beneficial to apply both concurrently?
Surgical removal is the gold standard. There's not great data on wart viral infection if it isn't visible. If there are visible warts, surgery is the best treatment and there's no data that interferon helps at all, and slight data that Imiquimod lowers recurrence rate after surgery.
There's not much data out there for a role for interferon except maybe in respiratory warts. ...Read more
It depends: Upon what you're taking it for and multiple other factors. Check w/your doctor for advice. ...Read more
Progressive HCV: Although I was a coauthor on the first report of using interferon for hepatitis b, there is now oral and more effective therapy. It, so far, is still used in combination with other therapy for progressive hepatitis c based on a variety of parameters including liver biopsy and certain blood tests. Many, perhaps most people with chronic hcv die with it but not of it. ...Read more
Not set dose: There is no set dose for this. Defer to your treating physician. ...Read more
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
My mom got a blood disease called polycythemia vera. May I know the price for interferon-alpha which can be used to cure this disease. Also could you recommend me some brand of this medicine?
She needs a speciali: A good specialist is what she needs first. You should seek the advice of a hematologist who works in a major cancer center. P. Vera has some new treatments (jak2 inhibitors) which are in clinical trials. Interferon (has some activity and can be beneficial but it is an older treatment which has many serious side effects and it is very expensive. Too alpha-2b) also called introna) ask for this bran. ...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
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
Toxic to viruses: Interferons are directly toxic to viruses; I cannot comment on the exact mechanism, however. ...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
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
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
Contraindications: See list of contraindications at: https://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo. Cfm? Archiveid=12503 ...Read more
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
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
Yes!: I would say 40+% have pain.Get a more detailed answer ›
Interferon is produced by the body to fight viruses. Taking man-made interferons may help stimulate your immune system against the hepatitis B and C viruses. Examples of interferon medications include Roferon-A, Intron-A, Rebetron, Alferon-N, and Peg-Intron. These drugs do not work for ...Read more