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Do you know what is the different between interferon gamma with interferon gamma 1b?

Do you know what is the different between interferon gamma with interferon gamma 1b?

No, I don't. Sorry.: No I don't. Sorry. Better to ask the doctor who is prescribing this for you or who is involved in your care. ...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


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The one-two of t helper cells: does interferon-gamma knock out the th2 hypothesis for asthma?

The one-two of t helper cells: does interferon-gamma knock out the th2 hypothesis for asthma?

Th2 hypothesis: I really do not understand the question. In the current understanding and current medical literature, that is nothing to disprove t-helper2 cells mediating asthma ; other allergic disorders. ...Read more

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What makes interleukin-2 and what makes interferon gamma? Are they both made by t-lymphocytes?

Yes: Interleukin 2 (aldesleukin) is made by t-cells and is important for the growth of other t-cells. Interferon gamma is made by both t cells and natural killer cells and is part of the innate immune response. ...Read more

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Looking for a sickle cell trait medication, information on intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

Unclear question: I'm not sure what you are trying to treat. Sickle cell trait is not a disease and there are no medications currently approved to "treat" it. Do you have some other condition that you feel would be helped with intron a (interferon alfa 2b)? ...Read more

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Colostrum is a source of immunoglobulins igG igA igM and gamma interferon. So could this affect HIV test? (Faulse negative)? (or other stds tests?)

Colostrum is a source of immunoglobulins igG igA igM and gamma interferon. So could this affect HIV test? (Faulse negative)? (or other stds tests?)

It won't: It just won't. Taking colostrum isn't going to improve your health, the antibodies get digested in your gut, and they will not mask the antibodies of disease. If you are interested in this stuff, get an honest evidence-based holistic practitioner. Just getting super-fit in the gym will enhance your immunity far more than this mumbo jumbo ...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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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?

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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What does high level of interferon mean?

Liver failure: Interferon acts on the liver. If taking a normal dose and your level is high should check liver enzymes to see if the liver has failed. ...Read more

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Is there anything I should do before starting interferon?

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

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What do alpha and beta interferons do?

Interferons: Used to treat several diseases, mainly multiple sclerosis, and hepatitis c, according to severity and degree of responsiveness, mainly they modulate the immune system ...Read more

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How can one deal with the side effects of interferon?

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

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What are the side effects from having interferon shots?

Many: There are many side effects, including flu-like symptoms, anemias, mood changes such as depression, and others. This is why you need to be checked out by an experienced professional before and during treatment. ...Read more

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How do the interferons protect the body against viruses?

Toxic to viruses: Interferons are directly toxic to viruses; I cannot comment on the exact mechanism, however. ...Read more

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How can ai treat the side effects from taking interferon?

Symptomatic treatmen: Symptomatic treatment with pain medications, nsaids etc are options. Drinking plenty of water, gaitoraide etc to maintain hydration. ...Read more

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How do I know if the interferon is working in treating hepatitis?

Check viral levels: Your treating provider should periodically check viral loads (level) to determine the efficacy of your treatment. When viral loads become zero and continue to stay like that even after the treatment concluded then you will know if you are cured. ...Read more

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All my blood counts are very very low could interferon be the cause?

All my blood counts are very very low could interferon be the cause?

Yes: Inteferon causes low blood counts, specifically the white count. When someone is on that medication, the CBC should be monitored and the drug dose adjusted if needed. Need to be sure no other causes but notorious to do this. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Sir is there any alternate for interferon 2B for a person suffering from MS? Thanking you in advance..

Yes: There are other MS disease-modifying therapies, including glatiramer acetate (Copaxone), natalizumab, fingolimod, and some others. Whether they are appropriate (and affordable!) for you is a question you should explore with your neurologist. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How many interferon for hepatitis b to be cured?

How many interferon for hepatitis b to be cured?

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

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Which is better? Interferon or tysabri (natalizumab)?

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

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Interferon alpha-2a is used for what coniditon?

Interferon alpha-2a is used for what coniditon?

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

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Glatiramer acetate (copaxone) vs. Interferon?

See answer below: Both are used in rrms with similar efficacy levels. Copaxone (glatiramer) does not need blood monitoring and is administered as a subcutaneous sc injection daily. Side effects include injection site reactions. Interferons need lab work monitoring, can be a weekly injection into a muscle (avonex), every other day sc (betaseron) or three times a week sc (rebif). Most commo side effects include flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

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What is interferon?

Immune booster: Interferons are proteins released from host cells in response to the presence of pathogens to stimulate the immune system to allow for the defense against pathogens or tumors. It has been manufactured by recombinant dna technology and has been used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, infections and tumors. ...Read more

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What is benefit of interferon?

See below: Interferon-beta1a, when used in the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS has been show to reduce the annualized relapse frequency, reduce disease progression and improve quality of life. ...Read more

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What is interferon used to treat?

Interferon (s): Are used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat different diseases. Multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C are examples of such diseases ...Read more

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What to avoid while using interferon?

Drugs: Clearly any thing that would cause furtehr damage to theliver-alcohol being the prime thing. Nausea and vomiting are side effects so should limit any food that cuses this in you. ...Read more

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What is interferon used for in medicine?

What is interferon used for in medicine?

Interferon (s): Are used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat different diseases. Multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C are examples of such diseases ...Read more

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Are interferon and peg-interferon different?

PEG interferone: Peg (pegylated) interferon is a long acting interferon, used to treat hepatitis b and c. Interferons are proteins released in the body in response to viral infections. Interferons are important for fighting viruses in the body, for regulating reproduction of cells, and for regulating the immune system. ...Read more

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What food should I avoid while using interferon?

Food: I assume you are taking interferon for hepatitis c infection. There is really nothing special to avoid while using interferon. But make sure you are well hydrated, drink plenty of fluids. Try to avoid any spicy food, since it can cause upset stomach (interferon can also cause upset stomach). Avoid alcohol completely. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: interferon?

Stimulating immunity: 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 what cells they activate. ...Read more

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Adverse effects of interferon?

Adverse effects of interferon?

Many different.: Interferon can cause many different types of side-effects including anemia, low white blood cell counts, low platelet counts, decreased appetite, tiredness, fatigue and depression. In addition, low grade fever and muscle aches may occur. ...Read more

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Need info on interferon alfa-2b?

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

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Why might interferon alpha be prescibed?

Why might interferon alpha be prescibed?

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 more