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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is hep c curable?

Is hep c curable?

Yes: There are multiple newer medications available to treat C. now, which can cure the disease. They are generally oral medications, taken for 8 to 24 weeks, and have greater than 90% success rate in curing the disease. They have very few side effects, although they are very expensive. If you have risk factors, be sure to get tested. Good luck! ...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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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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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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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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How successful is the treatment for hep c with peg interfuron?

Combination therapy: Peg-interferon is never used alone. It is combined with ribavirin, and often with one of the newer anti-hcv protease inhibitors. Cure rates are high when all 3 drugs are used, though 2 may be enough for people with some of the more treatable genotypes. ...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 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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Acute hep vs hep c positive: which one is worse?

Dead friend is worse: Death is generally considered worse than no death. There are effective therapies for chronic hep c available today. ...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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Will lamivudine cure hepatitis b completely?

Will lamivudine cure hepatitis b completely?

Possible yes: Natural history of hepatitis b leads to strong immunity against disease without treatment, Lamivudine is used for hepatitis b that is chronic( your body is unable to buld a strong immune responde against it and when the disease endangeres your liver function. Basically the drug slows down viral replication. So there is a chance it may lead to a complete halt of viral replication ...Read more

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Hepatitis c cirrhosis, what is the treatment for it?

Hepatitis c cirrhosis, what is the  treatment for it?

A G.I.: Consult! - absolutely no alcohol, careful review of all meds being taken---- the consult being very important since treatment is available1-don't wait! ...Read more

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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


Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by the hepatitis C virus that attacks the liver and ...Read more