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Peg Interferon Treatment
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?
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
Any development is made in this field or not. Is there any treatment other than interferon injection. What are the home remedies. Ginseng can work.?
Not recommended: Interferon is used for treating certain viral infections, in the case of viral hepatitis, is currently used for treating hepatitis c and sometimes hepatitis b. There are other drugs that can be added to augment the effectiveness of interferon for viral hepatitis. Herbal medications have little place in the treatment of viral hepatitis and in some cases can be harmful. ...Read more
Immune modulator: In the treatment of hepatitis c viral infection, interferon works as an immune modulator or immune stimulator, but must be used simultaneously with other drugs such as Ribavirin and telapravir (incivek) or bocepravir (victrelis). Interferon used by itself has virtually no effect in hepatitis c. The addition of the direct-acting antivirals (incivek and victrelis) has greatly improved the response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend with carcinoid is going to start interferon treatment. Is this widely recommended? Her tumor cannot be localized.
Yes: Symptoms (flushing, diarrhea, wheeze) are usually controlled with somatostatin analogs and interferon alfa. Second-line treatment for management of symptoms involves the use of radionuclide-targeted therapy or hepatic transarterial embolization and possibly chemotherapy. However, chemotherapy for midgut carcinoids lacks efficacy, with response rates of <25%. Newer experimental treatments exists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Interferes: Although the combination of alcohol and interferon does not make you sick directly, nih studies have shown that alcohol causes hepatits c virus to replicate more quickly, and seems to block the effects of interferon on the virus. If you are taking interferon for hep c....Absolutely no alcohol! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with hep c and had interferon treatment in 2001.I became undetectable until 2012 it came back.2013 test says nonreactive.How?
False positive: The type of test employed may be the issue. False positive results can occur. The best test is quantitative viral titer. If you have truly remained viral negative for 10 years the chances of recurrence are almost nil. ...Read more
Interferon is finite: Interferon is used for a specific period of time (decided upon by your hepatologist and you) and works better for some types of hbv over others. The hope is that , if it works, interferon clears the infection (done). Other medications like lamivudine, adefovir, entecavir, tenofovir and telbivudine need to be continued at this point lifelong. Resistance can occur & there are long term toxicities. ...Read more
What is the course of duration of peginterferon(interferon alfa2b) in the treatment of hepatitis b? Plz explain in detail.
Hepatitis B: Interferon Alfa 2b can be used for treatment of CHRONIC hepatitis B. It is not for acute Hepatitis B which often resolves spontaneously. The dose for chronic hep B is 10 mill units subcutaneous or IM shot 3times/week for 16 weeks, or 5 mill units daily for 16 wk. get with your doctor to see if you have the chronic form of hepatitis. Good luck! ...Read more
For someone who is 40 years old, what are the long term detrimental impacts of interferon treatment for multiple sclerosis?
Interferon: The real question you should be asking is "what are the detrimental effects of not taking interferon for treatment of ms". Ms can be a deadly disease and medications are chosen and recommended by physicians after a careful consideration of risks versus benefits. Ask the prescribing physicians for information that will help you look at both sides of this issue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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