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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Novantrone (Overview)

Novantrone is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a kind of cancer drug.


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Glatiramer acetate (copaxone) vs. Interferon?

Glatiramer acetate (copaxone) vs. Interferon?

See answer below: Both are used in rrms with similar efficacy levels. Copaxone (glatiramer) does not need blood monitoring and is administered as a subcutaneous sc injection daily. Side effects include injection site reactions. Interferons need lab work monitoring, can be a weekly injection into a muscle (avonex), every other day sc (betaseron) or three times a week sc (rebif). Most commo side effects include flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Novantrone (Overview)

Novantrone is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a kind of cancer drug.


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Can anyone tell me about novantrone?

Can anyone tell me about novantrone?

See answer below: Novantrone is an antineoplastic drug used for the treatment of various cancers such as breast or prostate cancer, lymphomas or leukemias and is also used in multiple sclerosis. Routine echocardiograms need to be obtained prior to each infusion. Infusions are administered every 3 months and limited to 8-9 infusions per lifetime. ...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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Is amyone familar with fuzeon (enfuvirtide) 90 mg 60 vials injection kit?

Is amyone familar with fuzeon (enfuvirtide) 90 mg 60 vials injection kit?

Yes: I have prescribed Fuzeon (enfuvirtide) for patients with highly resistant hiv. I have thought about using it for certain patients who had other complications, but it is difficult to use and requires committment. ...Read more

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What is cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injections used for?

What is cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injections used for?

Cimzia (certolizumab pegol): Certolizumab, a biological drug, very expensive, used to treat some auto-immune diseases in selected cases ...Read more

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Benztropine mesylate uses?

Benztropine mesylate uses?

There are a few uses: Benztropine is an anticholinergic drug used to reduce the side effects of antipsychotic treatment, such as pseudoparkinsonism and dystonia. It is also a second-line drug for the treatment of parkinson's disease. It improves tremor but not rigidity and bradykinesia. It is also sometimes used for dystonia, a rare disorder that causes abnormal muscle contraction. ...Read more

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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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Can doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) treat multiple myeloma?

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Can doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) treat multiple myeloma?

Yes: Yes, Doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) can be used to treat multiple myeloma. Discuss further in detail with your oncologist -whether the chemotherapy would be appropriate for your case. ...Read more

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Is revlimid (lenalidomide) effective for acute myelogenous leukemia?

Is revlimid (lenalidomide) effective for acute myelogenous leukemia?

Possibly: If the leukemia develops out of a myelodysplasia and has evidence of a 5q-, then possibly. But, the results are mediocre at best. Not curative by any stretch but could possibly slow the leukemia down for a short time. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How is chemo drug - docetaxel (taxotere)?

How is chemo drug - docetaxel (taxotere)?

?: Sorry but your question makes no sense. What do you want to know about docetaxel? ...Read more

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Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) used for lupus?

Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) used for lupus?

Yes: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) is used to treat some of the manifestations of lupus. Most commonly this can be involvement of organs such as the brain, kidneys etc. ...Read more

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I was given novantrone right at diagnosis of ms, I'm 15. Will this treatment work?

I was given novantrone right at diagnosis of ms, I'm 15. Will this treatment work?

General answer: Novantrone is often used for symptoms of what is called secondary progressive MS. This occurs for people who have had MS for awhile, either with or without treatment. It is not at all common for someone who is 15, but it is possible for someone who is 50. Novantrone seems to be less popular due to less than enticing effectiveness. It is not common to be used as a first line treatment. ...Read more

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What makes Trovax different from other kidney cancer meds (like nexavar, proleukin, torisel, (temsirolimus) sutent)?

What makes Trovax different from other kidney cancer meds (like nexavar, proleukin, torisel, (temsirolimus) sutent)?

Other drugs worked: Nexavar, torisel, and sutent all received FDA approval because they improved progression free survival. The initial Trovax trial was terminated early because there was little or no prospect of demonstrating a statistically significant survival benefit compared to placebo. http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/16/22/5539.long ...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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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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Topiramte drug for fibromilgia?

Topiramte drug for fibromilgia?

Reservedly: Topiramate is not approved for fibromyalgia (FM) so that benefit is questionable. Perhaps was provided for pain & depression, which is often attendant w. FM, due to restless non-restorative sleep; common w. FM patients, who oft have body pain when reclined on sleep surface. Rational solution is nocturnal pain relief, sleep induction, & mood elevation. Medicinal cannabis provides all three effects. ...Read more

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Which is better? Interferon or tysabri (natalizumab)?

Which is better? Interferon or tysabri (natalizumab)?

NO contest: Tysabri (natalizumab) is the second most potent MS drug on the market, but it has a risk, as can potentially cause Progressive Multi-focal Encephalopathy, and possibly melanoma. Interferons are drugs of the past, and being phased out over time, due to lack of efficacy, but they are quite safe in most patients. ...Read more

Dr. David Brandes
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Mitoxantrone (Definition)

Mitoxantrone is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a ...Read more