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Medicine For Peginterferon Alfa 2a Allergy
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Usually not: In general, once you have finished your treatment with pegasys, (peginterferon alfa 2a) side effects/symptoms that you were having during treatment slowly disappear, but can take up to 6 months and in some instances 1 year although rare. It can result in autoimmune disorders, although this is also rare. I would discuss your concerns with your treating physician for other rare long term side effects. ...Read more
Both are pegylated interferons. Peginterferon alfa 2a is made by roche branded Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and is a slightly larger molecule. Peginterferon 2B is made by schering and its dose is calculated based on body weight. The brand name is peg-intron.
These drugs have similar efficacy and side effects. ...Read more
Simple Steps: Simple steps but all need to be done and it is best to have formal treating by a health care provider before starting. Basically it involves preparing the syringe and then drawing up the medication. Next you will need to find a spot on your abdomen or thigh and then inject into a pinched segment of skin. ...Read more
Depends: From a hepatitis c treatment standpoint, using Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) in combination with Ribavirin and a protease inhibitor can have dramatic treatment effect (i.e. Lead to cure of hepatitis c depending on the stage of your liver disease). Now "side-effects" can range from "flu-like" symptoms to lab abnormalities, depression, rash, GI symptoms, anxiety/irritability, insomnia, etc. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Report it: When you miss a dose of peg interferon, you should report it to your treating physician. If it is just one dose, chances are you may have it injected later that day or week. If it is not feasible, I think you will still need to continue on with your treatment, as one dose is unlikely to change the trend you've had. Talk to you doc, though. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor!: Some of the common side effects of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) (peg-interferon alfa-2a) are fatigue, depression, headache, fever, low white cell count, muscle pain and chills. However, there are potentially more serious side effects as well. The risk of developing side effects may depend on your other health problems. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more
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
Packaging...: Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and pegintron (peginterferon alfa 2b) are two drugs fda approved for treatment of chronic hepatitis c. They are slightly different in their chemical composition but studies indicate they are virtually equally effective in what they do and have very similar side effect profiles. Insurance usually drives which of the two is preferred on their formulary. ...Read more
Very little: These are both long acting forms of pegylated interferon that can be injected once a week. Cure rates using each are similar. Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) has been given a slight edge in cure rates by kaiser and veteran's admin studies as well as the uspstf. Most hepatitis c drug companies that combine their new drugs with interferon and Ribavirin use pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a). But your provider will use what he/she is used to. ...Read more
I was treated with pegintron & rebitol for HCV & my count increased from 130 to 460 at 48 th vial can I complete with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?
No benefit: The us preventative services task force recommends that pegintron and Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) are similar enough that if someone did not achieve cure with pegintron, they should not attempt retreatment with Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) since it will likely not help. Talk to your provider about new options in hepatitis c drug development and when they might be available for your genotype of hepatitis c. ...Read more
Please answer! What kind of side effects remain after the completion of HCV treatment by pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) + ribaverine?
Pegasys allergy: Pegasys (Peginterferon alfa-2a) is an immunosuppressive & antiviral medication used in the treatment of hepatitis B or C. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: https://www. Drugs. Com/pegasys. Html ...Read more
Equivalent: They are equivalent. Different brands.Get a more detailed answer ›
Interferon SEs: Pegylated interferon alfa-2b, or PegIntron, acts as a cytokine agent to help rid the body of certain types of infections. It was a used in Hep C treatment in the past. Side effects can include headache, fatigue, mood changes, trouble sleeping, hair loss, nausea, pain at the injection site, fever, plus other more severe effects including psychosis, liver problems, blood clots, heart trouble etc. ...Read more
In my 3rd week of 180mcg pegasys/week & 800mg ribasphere/day. Imgoing on 15 days of my period (never been more than 5) w/headache, is this normal?
Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & Ribavirin: These drugs used for hepatitis c treatment, among others, can have serious side effects. Ribavirin is associated with headaches. The prolonged menstrual bleeding can be a sign of a blood dyscrasia. It would be wise to follow up with your physician immediately. ...Read more
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
AVOID: Yes. Avoid anyone recommending such treatment in 2014. This is outdated, not very effective, and CURE is now possible in nearly 100% of the cases with the more appropriate medications available today. Please get to a Hep C treater/specialist for the best outcome. ...Read more
Methadone best alt. To narcotic painkiller to ask md for from pain due to pegasys/ribavirin treatment?
No: Ribavirin and pegylated interferon cause many many nasty symptoms, but pain is not a prominent one of them, and there is no need for opioids. I have treated over 1000 people who were getting this treatment, and I myself went through this treatment 7 years ago (and it was a success). No narcotics should be needed or used. If you are having severe pain, something else is causing it. ...Read more
3.5 weeks of pegasys/ribasphere tx; severe light sensitivity/pain behind both eyes, neck, shoulder&hands tingling&pain; normal symptoms or should I go to er?
Call your doctor: These meds may cause severe flu symptoms. But you can get other illnesses causing the same symptoms- like irritation of the lining of the brain. Call your doctor. ...Read more
Stop taking it: If it is an extreme necessity, and there are no alternatives, and you don't know whether this an allergic reaction or an adverse drug reaction (side effect), see an allergist/immunologist for evaluation and possible desensitization to the said drug for treatment of a particular disease episode, good luck ...Read more
Various Options: Daily steroid or antihistamines nasal sprays (fluticasone, azelastine) are helpful. Determining exactly what you could be sensitized to in order to practice appropriate avoidance measures is also important. If medications and avoidance are not effective or not feasible allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) could be an option as well. Other meds include Sudafed, Mucinex, (guaifenesin) Afrin, oral antihistamines ...Read more