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Interferon Alphacon 1 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
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
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?
# 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
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 / 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
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=12503Get a more detailed answer ›
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: 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
I before got interferon injection for my hepatitis b 3 to 4 years ago but its too expensive is there any other alternative that is cheaper?
I doubt: All the anti-viral meds are, unfortunately, very expensive as all of them are brand names. I am positive that there are different manufacturer and state sponsored programs that may help you pay for the meds. When i was doing my training for hep. C treatment, drug reps were trying to assure us that they will help any uninsured patient get his meds. Try them. It doesn't hurt to ask! ...Read more
Any development is made in this field or not. Is there any treatment other than interferon injection. What are the home remedies. Ginseng can work.?
Not recommended: Interferon is used for treating certain viral infections, in the case of viral hepatitis, is currently used for treating hepatitis c and sometimes hepatitis b. There are other drugs that can be added to augment the effectiveness of interferon for viral hepatitis. Herbal medications have little place in the treatment of viral hepatitis and in some cases can be harmful. ...Read more