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Interferon 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more
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
I before got interferon injection for my hepatitis b 3 to 4 years ago but its too expensive is there any other alternative that is cheaper?
I doubt: All the anti-viral meds are, unfortunately, very expensive as all of them are brand names. I am positive that there are different manufacturer and state sponsored programs that may help you pay for the meds. When i was doing my training for hep. C treatment, drug reps were trying to assure us that they will help any uninsured patient get his meds. Try them. It doesn't hurt to ask! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Immune modulator: In the treatment of hepatitis c viral infection, interferon works as an immune modulator or immune stimulator, but must be used simultaneously with other drugs such as Ribavirin and telapravir (incivek) or bocepravir (victrelis). Interferon used by itself has virtually no effect in hepatitis c. The addition of the direct-acting antivirals (incivek and victrelis) has greatly improved the response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My hepatitis C is going untreated as I have already tried the pagasys and interferon. Almost killed me what can I try what will happen to me untreated?
Depends: Everybody who has hepatitis c needs to know their genotype (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6) and whether ot not they have severe scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). If you have been treated with peg-interferon plus ribavirin, it is good to know how much the viral load went down on treatment. This info will help you see which new hcv treatments will benefit you and the likelihood of cure. ...Read more
Hep C Rx: Treatment options include: Direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Both new pills - Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) - work better than the current treatment for hepatitis C. They cure it more often & in less time ...Read more
Should any medicine like interferon be taken in the early to mid stages of acute hepatitis b?(2-3 weeks in)
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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