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Doctor insights on: Interferon Therapy For Hepatitis C

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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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What treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis b?

What treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis b?

Complicated: New and more effective treatments available. Oral meds for hep b; currently oral meds plus interferon injection for hep c. Complicated details depending on genotype, viral load, level of liver tests, markers, liver biopsy findings. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Can pegintron and ribavirin tx for hep c cause neurological tics?

Yes: Interferon can cause neurotoxicity. If you have new neurological symptoms, you should notify you doctor immediately for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hep virus c cirrhosis?

Is there a treatment for hep virus c cirrhosis?

Yes: The full answer is yes and no. The treatment depends on multifactos including type of hepatitis c, stage of cirrhosis. Treatment option varies. It could be from medication alone or transplant in selected cases. ...Read more

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Currently on victrelis (boceprevir) for hep c tx. How often are blood labs recommended?

Currently on victrelis (boceprevir) for hep c tx. How often are blood labs recommended?

Ask your Hepatologis: First of all, you should not be on victrelis (boceprevir) alone. It is given for only 12 weeks in addition to standard therapy with Ribavirin and interferon. Your hepatologist should discuss treatment duration, frequency of office visits as well as frequency of blood testing before you begin therapy. I suggest you contact your prescribing physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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

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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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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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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What is the cure rate for hep c geno type 3 with Sovaldi and Ribavirin for 24 weeks!!!

New medication, TTYD: According to Gilead (maker of Solvadi), in their POSITRON trial, 61% of all pts with Type 3 HepC had a sustained virologic response (SVR) (lower Hep C virus blood counts) at 24 wks. See the package insert (PI) approved by the FDA: https://www.gilead.com/~/media/Files/pdfs/medicines/liver-disease/sovaldi/sovaldi_pi.pdf. In the trial, those w/o cirrhosis were 68% likely to have SVR. TTYD about this. ...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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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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What are the contraindications of hep c treatment if I have RA and taking enbrel (etanercept)? Debating treatment for hep c

What are the contraindications of hep c treatment if I have RA and taking enbrel (etanercept)? Debating treatment for hep c

Hep C/RA: Treating chronic hepatitis c infection is a complex process. Specialists would need to know the genotype (to determine duration of treatment, 24 vs 48 weeks and the agents to use). Standard of treatment involved 2 drugs (pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and ribavirin). However, with genotype 1, third agent will increase chance of success. Many side effects. New agents are coming out. You should discuss with your gi. ...Read more

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Is taleprevir better than boceprevir in the treatment of hepatitis C genotype 1?

Is taleprevir better than boceprevir in the treatment of hepatitis C genotype 1?

Hard to say: There are no head to head studies; an look at relative ratios suggests that telapravir may be somewhat more efficacious, but it did not meet statistical significance. Both are vastly better than interferon alone for genotype 1 hcv treatment. ...Read more

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Hbv DNA is 13160iu/ml. Hepatitis b surface antigen negative. Chronic hepatitis b take tenofo b for 3 month? hepatologist answer me. tell my condition?

Hbv DNA is 13160iu/ml. Hepatitis b surface antigen negative. Chronic hepatitis b take tenofo b for 3 month? hepatologist answer me. tell my condition?

Your condition: Needs more information and test to determine the stage of your chronic active hepatitus B. Viral load do not correlate with the stage of liver damage or fibrosis ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more


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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver ...Read more