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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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Would you agree with a recommendation to discontinue betaseron (interferon beta 1b) for a patient with secondary progressive ms, who no longer experiences relapses.

Would you agree with a recommendation to discontinue betaseron (interferon beta 1b) for a patient with secondary progressive ms, who no longer experiences relapses.

Yes: The american academy of neurology has issued an about lack of value of interferons and Copaxone in the treatment of secondary progressive ms, so not worthwhile to continue. However, there are newer oral meds, especially gilenya, (fingolimod) which may have promise with spms. Research studies may be available. Do monitor your vitamin d intake, and get about 5-10, 000 units daily. ...Read more

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I have ms&have been taking betaseron (interferon beta 1b).I just took2pregnancy test&both positive.I was told I should be off betaserson for2mnts before I try.baby b ok?

I have ms&have been taking betaseron (interferon beta 1b).I just took2pregnancy test&both positive.I was told I should be off betaserson for2mnts before I try.baby b ok?

Medication: Not all medications have enough scientific evidence to determine the safety for use in pregnancy. The theoretical use of exposure must be weighed against the benefits of use. Each case must be determined on a case by case basis. Preliminary studies on this drug are encouraging. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/5/e004536.full ...Read more

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Betaseron (interferon beta 1b) adverse reactions?

Betaseron (interferon beta 1b) adverse reactions?

Multiple..: 1) depression 2) allergic reaction 3) injection site necrosis http://www.Rxlist.Com/betaseron-drug/side-effects-interactions.Htm. ...Read more

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What effects does betaseron (interferon beta 1b) have on breastfeeding?

What effects does betaseron (interferon beta 1b) have on breastfeeding?

Interferon for MS?: It should be okay. No information is available regarding whether it can be passed onto an infant in mother's milk. No studies are available regarding harm in infants. Have your pediatrician monitor the progress during the health maintenance visits. ...Read more

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Can I take betaseron (interferon beta 1b) while breastfeeding?

Can I take betaseron (interferon beta 1b) while breastfeeding?

No: Unfortunately, there are no great studies demonstrating that this medicine is not passed in breast milk, but due to its potentially harmful interactions with fetuses, it's best to not use it while lactating. The official statement is to "either discontinue lactation, or discontinue the drug." formula or human banked breast milk would be best in this case. ...Read more

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I have MS and i take interferon beta 1b Dose it effects my erection ?? Lately i am having problems to have long erection please help

I have MS and i take interferon beta 1b 
Dose it effects my erection ?? 
Lately i am having problems to have long erection  please help

Multi factorial: Ralph, there are a bunch of things going on here. It is difficult to know how everything interacts. You may feel embarrassed talking to someone about this face to face, but this is the place to start. Your neurologist is the first person I'd talk to. If he/she cannot help, have him/her refer you to a urologist. This is problem has a solution. ...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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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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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

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

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

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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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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?

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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