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Peg Interferon Alfa
PEG interferone: Peg (pegylated) interferon is a long acting interferon, used to treat hepatitis b and c. Interferons are proteins released in the body in response to viral infections. Interferons are important for fighting viruses in the body, for regulating reproduction of cells, and for regulating the immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Google it: Since i don't know what specific information you need, it is difficult to answer in a concise manner given the limitation of our responses. Honestly i would "google it" as there are a lot of medical and non medical topics that might help you. If you have further specific questions, i would be happy to answer. ...Read more
Contraindications: See list of contraindications at: https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo.cfm?archiveid=12503Get a more detailed answer ›
Many; see below: Many of patients experience flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and weakness within 1-2 hours of taking the medication. Symptoms like irregular heartbeat, chest pressure or tightness, hallucinations, irritability, insomnia, depressive mood, and suicidal thoughts may also occur. It’s important to report any of these to your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
I have hep c, genotype 1 and take enbrel for my ra. Is the chance of worsening RA symptoms the only reason not to use peg-interferon treatment?
What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy(ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!
Immune booster: Interferons are proteins released from host cells in response to the presence of pathogens to stimulate the immune system to allow for the defense against pathogens or tumors. It has been manufactured by recombinant dna technology and has been used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, infections and tumors. ...Read more
Food: I assume you are taking interferon for hepatitis c infection. There is really nothing special to avoid while using interferon. But make sure you are well hydrated, drink plenty of fluids. Try to avoid any spicy food, since it can cause upset stomach (interferon can also cause upset stomach). Avoid alcohol completely. ...Read more