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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Interferon Beta 1a (Overview)

Interferon beta-1A is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ears, nose, throat agents.


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Does interferon beta cause changes in bone marrow over time and is it serious?

Does interferon beta cause changes in bone marrow over time and is it serious?

Rarely: More precisely interferon beta has rarely been associated with "pancytopenia" meaning a decrease in all the blood cell lines, platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. It can be serious if undetected since low platelets can result in bleeding and low WBC counts can result in serious infection, but a patient on the drug can be monitored for this and the drug discontinued if problems occur. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
14 doctors shared insights

Interferon Beta 1a (Overview)

Interferon beta-1A is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ears, nose, throat agents.


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Initial side effects of avonex (interferon beta 1a) (beta interferon 1a) for ms?

Initial side effects of avonex (interferon beta 1a) (beta interferon 1a) for ms?

MS and AVONEX (interferon beta 1a): Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is often prescribed for ms.Side effects are mild1 flu like symptoms, headache and muscle pain are the most common side effects of avonex2 it can causeabdominal pain, toothache and dizziness most of the side effects are mild and do not need any treatment or can be treated easily. 3 unusual bruising or bleeding or frequent infections or chest pain can be serious and seek medical help asap. ...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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Is the best time to take avonex (interferon beta 1a) in the morning?

Doesn't matter: As far as I know Avonex (interferon beta 1a) must be injected intramuscularly once a week The timing is not important ...Read more

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Does anyone know how to deal with symptoms of avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

Does anyone know how to deal with symptoms of avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

Yes?! : The most common symptom is a flu like syndrome, usually lessens as you continue the injections antiinflammatoty meds (such as brufen, indocid etc) and in severe cases a dose of steroids help. ...Read more

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What is the structure of avonex (interferon beta 1a)? What does it do in the body?

Response: Avonex, (interferon beta 1a) a minimally effective interferon, is intended to slow inflammatory cellular invasion of central nervous system in MS. An extremely poor choice these days in presence of 12 more effective drugs. Side effects such as general malaise, flu-like reactions, depression, thyroid issues, liver problems, fatigue and need to inject limit use. If you wish to view structure, visit Wikipedia. ...Read more

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Anyone out there have MS and take avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

Anyone out there have MS and take avonex (interferon beta 1a)?

See answer below: Avonex (interferon beta-1a, im once weekly) is a very common first line therapy for the management of ms. Other common first line agents include copaxone, Rebif and betaseron (interferon beta 1b). ...Read more

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What is the difference between avonex (interferon beta 1a) and copaxone?

Two different drugs: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is betainterferon 1a (like rebif) Copaxone is a copolymer with a different type of action. Rebif is subcutaneous injections 3x per week. Copaxone is daily s/c injection. ...Read more

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I have to give myself the avonex (interferon beta 1a) shots how can I get over being afraid of the needle?

Pen: There is an Avonex (interferon beta 1a) pen with a needle which is about half the length of a preloaded syringe. It can be given once a week by just clicking the injection pen and is minimally discomforting if at all. If you have fear of this, consult with a nurse in your doctors office and they can work with you to show you that your fears are not as bad as you think and that you can get over this. Good luck. ...Read more

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