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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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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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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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How effective are immunosuppressive drugs for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

How effective are immunosuppressive drugs for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

Each person is diff: Each peson is different. This will depend on the evlauation but some people respond very well while others might not. You need to ask your physician to have you see a liver specialist ...Read more

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How effective is entecavir (Baraclude) for treating hepatitis B?

How effective is entecavir (Baraclude) for treating hepatitis B?

Baraclude (entecavir): Baraclude (entecavir) is beneficial in the treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B infections. ...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 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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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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Dose of Interferon alpha 2B for Hepatitis C patient?

Dose of Interferon alpha 2B for Hepatitis C patient?

Not set dose: There is no set dose for this. Defer to your treating physician. ...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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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

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How effective is Budesonide for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

How effective is Budesonide for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

Not effective!: Oral budesonide is poorly absorbed and little will go to your liver. See a rheumatologist or a GI doc! There are better treatment options. This one is off the cuff, unless you have IBD and are having hepatitis do to Crohn's or regional enteritis! ...Read more

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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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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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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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How effective is prednisolone (Orapred) for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

How effective is prednisolone (Orapred) for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

Not very....: Compared to other drugs, and unfortunately universal side effects. I favor Imuran (azathioprine) or cyclosporine! ...Read more

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Is hepsera (adefovir) good for chronic hepatitis b?

Is hepsera (adefovir) good for chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: It is one of many medications used in treating hepatitis b, though not a first choice of many. ...Read more

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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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