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Will copegus (ribavirin) treatment increase liver enzyme levels?

Will copegus (ribavirin) treatment increase liver enzyme levels?

Copegus/liver enzyme: Some people may get worsening of liver functions including elevation of enzymes, bilirubin, brown urine and yellow eyes and medication has to be stopped immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Bad effects of copegus (ribavirin) treatment and liver enzyme levels?

Bad effects of copegus (ribavirin) treatment and liver enzyme levels?

Hep C and ribavirin: This drug is for combination treatment of hepatitis c. Copegus (ribavirin) alone is not effective for the treatment of chronic hepatitis c virus infection.The main toxicity is hemolytic anemia, which may result in worsening of cardiac disease, heart attacks. Your doctor will test your blood for liver enzyme levels, virus load and other things. ...Read more

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How effective is liver transplantation for treating hepatitis C?

How effective is liver transplantation for treating hepatitis C?

Very effective: The liver transplants are for end stage liver disease...not to treat the hepatitis C.....there is good treatment for hepatitis C now.....however, if failed, transplants are done....and along with treatments....very good results are avhieved ...Read more

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What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

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

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How effective are interferon alfacon-1 injections for treating hepatitis C?

Not Very: The interferons are not very effective for treatment hepatitis C. Depending on the type (genotype) of hepatitis C, the cure rate ranges from about 30% to 75% at best. There are now newer medications called Direct Acting Antivirals which are much more effective and have fewer side effects than the interferon medications. ...Read more

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What is e latest treatment for liver cirohsis....Hv hep c, cirohsis., 40% heart ejection fraction?

What is e latest treatment for liver cirohsis....Hv hep c, cirohsis., 40% heart ejection fraction?

Hcv: Hepatitis c treatment is a complex processs. If you are interested in treatment, you need to schedule an appointment with your local doctor to discuss the process. You are likely will have lots of questions and need the answers to make an informed decision. Given your heart condition with ef at 40 percent and age, you might not be a candidate. Treatment duration/agents depended on genotype. ...Read more

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Is there alternative treatment for liver metastases beside chemotheraphy?

Is there alternative treatment for liver metastases beside chemotheraphy?

It depends: There are some cancers that respond well to chemoembolization. Some can respond to radioembolization. Some localized areas can be treated with cryo or hyperthermia probes. Even stereotactic radiation. It depends on the cancer and other factors. In some responsive rumors chemo might be best. In a single lesion surgery might be the answer. Check with your doctor for the best approach. ...Read more

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How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating hepatitis C?

How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating hepatitis C?

Treating Hep C: There are quite a number of totally oral (pill) regimens for treating Hep C, such that interferon is hardly ever used anymore. Not sure who is trying to give that to you, but you may want to get a second opinion. Interferon can be rough treatment -alot of patients struggle with the side effects. Interferons are good antiviral medicines, but there's alot of alternatives these days for Hep C. See MD ...Read more

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Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Yes they can be: The evidence is stronger for beta interferons (avonex, Rebif and betaseron) than it is for immuran. Interferons are fda approved and immuran is not (for ms) they all have a modest but definite effect in reducing the number of attacks in remitting relapsing forms the effect varies from patient to patient. ...Read more

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Hepatocellular carcinoma.All spleen and partial liver resection.Later,secondary systemic cancer metastasis.any targeted therapy or immunotherapy?

Hepatocellular carcinoma.All spleen and partial liver resection.Later,secondary systemic cancer metastasis.any targeted therapy or immunotherapy?

Yes, for both: Hepatocellular Carcinoma is commonly treated with Sorafenib which is a type of targeted therapy. This is a good choice of treatment in case you have not yet received this drug. Immunotherapy using PD-1 inhibitors has also shown some modest evidence of benefit although it is not yet FDA approved for this indication. Ask your oncologist to guide your treatment further. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma besides liver transplantation?

What is the best treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma besides liver transplantation?

Resection: Licer resection is the next best treatment, tumor ablation would be next followed up by liver directed chemotherapy and finally systemic (total body) chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

It is...: Imuran (azathioprine) is one of several drugs to treat this condition and is generally w!ell tolerated and effective. ...Read more

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Treatment options for CMV hepatitis? Thanks!

Treatment options for CMV hepatitis? Thanks!

Viral hepatitis: It means a liver infected with a specifixc virus called cytomegalovirus. ...Read more

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How effective is ribavirin (Rebetol) for treating hepatitis C?

How effective is ribavirin (Rebetol) for treating hepatitis C?

Rebetol (ribavirin): Rebetol (ribavirin) is beneficial in the treatment of hepatitis C & is used together with an interferon medication. ...Read more

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How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating melanoma?

How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating melanoma?

Moderate: Alfa interferon was introduced to help control metastatic melanoma. The dose however is extremely high and given over a several week period of time. With the introduction of the checkpoint inhibitors such as anti CTLA4 and the PD-1s along with the interleukins there is better control being employed than with the interferons which do help in expressing the tumor protein more effectively. ...Read more

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Can sovaldi and Ribavirin cure hep c???

Can sovaldi and Ribavirin cure hep c???

Yes: It can...but better still Harvoni has a 96% cure rate with 8-12 weeks of treatment with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: Adefovir does have HBV activity. I had poor experiences in using it as a HIV drug but the dose was higher for HIV so there was more toxicity ...Read more

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Infergen use after pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure appropriate?

Infergen use after pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure appropriate?

Not really: I am assuming you are asking about hepatits c treatment. Infergen is an old type of interferon. Data suggest that Infergen has little or no benefit after Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure. There are new oral medications. These medications (pills) along with Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and Ribavirin has very good response rate, if you are infected with type i hepatitis c virus. Response rate is doubled from previous treatment. ...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