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Interferon Alpha Medication
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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: 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?
Neither: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
# 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 moreSee 1 more doctor 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