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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

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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Whats intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

Whats intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

Interferon alpha: Is a treatment for chronic hepatitis c and is also occasionally used in certain types of lymphoma and leukemia. It is a manufactured protein that is derived from a real human protein. There are some very significant side effects that include severe flu-like symptoms, depression, nausea, diarrhea, headaches. ...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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Betaseron (interferon beta 1b) adverse reactions?

Betaseron (interferon beta 1b) adverse reactions?

Multiple..: 1) depression 2) allergic reaction 3) injection site necrosis http://www.Rxlist.Com/betaseron-drug/side-effects-interactions.Htm. ...Read more

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What is intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

What is intron a (interferon alfa 2b)?

Interferon alfa-2b: Interferon Alpha 2b, made from recombinant dna, used in the treament of several illnesses. A poor name -- an intron is defined to be a portion that is transcribed by messenger RNA but then the corresponding portion of messenger RNA is removed by RNA splicing before translation. ...Read more

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Peg-intron / ribavirin treatment side effects?

Peg-intron / ribavirin treatment  side effects?

Many: The side effects are too many to list here but some of the more common ones (occur in >10% of patients) are fever, fatigue, headache, insomnia, depression, emotional lability, rash, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, muscle aches, joint pains, flu-like syndrome and injection site reations. ...Read more

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Are interferon and peg-interferon different?

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 more

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Initial side effects of avonex (interferon beta 1a) (beta interferon 1a) for ms?

Initial side effects of avonex (interferon beta 1a) (beta interferon 1a) for ms?

MS and AVONEX (interferon beta 1a): Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is often prescribed for ms.Side effects are mild1 flu like symptoms, headache and muscle pain are the most common side effects of avonex2 it can causeabdominal pain, toothache and dizziness most of the side effects are mild and do not need any treatment or can be treated easily. 3 unusual bruising or bleeding or frequent infections or chest pain can be serious and seek medical help asap. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Father has hepatitis b his alpha feto protein increase from11767 to26434 iu/ml while taking medicines sorafenib200 , entacavir, daflon500, udiliv300 why?

Father has hepatitis b his alpha feto protein increase from11767 to26434 iu/ml while taking medicines sorafenib200 , entacavir, daflon500, udiliv300 why?

AFP elevation: Given your father's history of chronic hbv infection and elevated afp, he is likely to also have hepatocellular carcinoma. With that high level, this is almost conclusive of malignancy. Suggest to discuss with your physicians in the local area for further care. ...Read more

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Long term after effect of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) interferon?

Usually none: Most, if not all side effects usually resolve over 4-6 weeks. Rarely, some autoimmune conditions such as alopecia (loss of hair) if precipitated may not reverse. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c injection" peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b) a" has many side effects. How can they be decreased.?

Hepatitis c injection" peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b) a" has many side effects. How can they be decreased.?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) / Benadryl: You can try premedicating with tylenol (acetaminophen) and benadryl. Alternate injection sites. Get plenty of rest. ...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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What are effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

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

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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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What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & peg-intron?

What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & peg-intron?

Size of the molecule: Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) is larger size and comes in solution where as pegontron comes as powder that needs to be reconstituted with saline before administration. Efficacy wise, Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) may be marginally better. ...Read more

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Interferon Alpha (Definition)

Interferon is produced by the body to fight viruses. Taking man-made interferons may help stimulate your immune system against the hepatitis B and C viruses. Examples of interferon medications include Roferon-A, Intron-A, Rebetron, Alferon-N, and Peg-Intron. These drugs do not work for ...Read more