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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

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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Any long term side effects from pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

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

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Adverse effects of interferon?

Adverse effects of interferon?

Many different.: Interferon can cause many different types of side-effects including anemia, low white blood cell counts, low platelet counts, decreased appetite, tiredness, fatigue and depression. In addition, low grade fever and muscle aches may occur. ...Read more

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Hiv medications side effects?

Hiv medications side effects?

Numerous: Multiple classes of anti-retrovirals each containing several different drugs and each with a wide spectrum of side-effects. Too much information to be transmitted in this venue. If you are concerned about a specific compound, rephrase the question. ...Read more

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Any side effects from rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Any side effects from rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Mostly infusion rxns: Rituxan is given intravenously slowly at first to look for common immediate reactions like chills, fever, shakes, itching, hives, headache all of which could be prevented or lessened by giving premedications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and steroids. Reactivation of hepatitis b, lowering resistance to infections, rapid destruction of tumor cells causing i'll effects to organs (tumor lysis) can also occur. ...Read more

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Any methotrexate side effects?

Any methotrexate side effects?

Plenty : XX oral dos: Methotrexate is a surprisingly effective drug for many forms of arthritis and the consensus 1st choice for RA by the acr and eular (european). The oral dosage is more problematic because of variable absorption and first-pass effect through liver. It is completely absorbed with sucutaneous injection and doesn't bolus liver. Hair loss can be a problem. Everyone should take 2mg of folic acid. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with interferon alfa-2b injections?

What side effects are associated with interferon alfa-2b injections?

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

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Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Heart failure: About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart. This decrease in heart function is almost always reversible when the drug is stopped. Other side effects of Herceptin (trastuzumab) can include allergic reaction, fatigue, headache and diarrhea. Most of my patients have no side effects! ...Read more

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Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

Watch for infections: Orencia (abatacept) is approved to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Typically it is prescribed when disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) are not effective. The most common DMARD is methotrexate. Orencia (abatacept) is usually prescribed in combination with methotrexate but sometimes is given alone. Orencia (abatacept) is quite effective for many but not all people. It's main side effect: infections. ...Read more

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Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Heart failure: About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart as measured by a muga test. This decrease in heart function is reversible when the drug is stopped. Other side effects of Herceptin (trastuzumab) can include allergic reaction, fatigue, headache and diarrhea. Most of my patients have no side effects! ...Read more

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Side effects of prolixin (fluphenazine) please?

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Side effects of prolixin (fluphenazine) please?

Search online: Check out www.drugs.com & online.Epocrates.Com for drug information. http://www.drugs.com/mtm/fluphenazine.html https://online.Epocrates.Com/noframe/showpage.Do?Method=drugs&monographid=29 you'll need to sign up/in for latter but it's free. ...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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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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Side effects of altace?

Side effects of altace?

Side effects: Common: cough; dizziness; headache; tiredness. Uncommon side effects include allergic reactions, chest pain, low blood pressure, jaundice, loss of appetite, seizures, and others. If you have concerns ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Any side effects of azathioprine?

Any side effects of azathioprine?

Many: It is an immunosuppressive agent so infections can occur. Gi symptoms such as nausea and vomiting and diarrhea are reported. Bone marrow suppression and pancreatitis are other severe known complications associated with this agent. Cancers (especially skin cancers) are more common in people taking immunosuppression drugs. ...Read more

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Sustonon, side effects?

Sustonon, side effects?

Sustanon: Sustanon is an anabolic steroid, side effects include breast development, hair loss, acne, depression, weight gain, low sperm count, and headache. There are a whole host of other side effects as well, available from the drug manufacturer. ...Read more

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What are some common side effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What are some common side effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Flu-like symptoms: Although Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) has been known to make psychiatric symptoms worse and cause some problems with bone marrow suppression (anemia, low white count, low platelets), the most common side effect is flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

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Any ludiomil (maprotiline) side effects?

Any ludiomil (maprotiline)  side effects?

Some side effects: Ludiomil (maprotiline) is a "tetracyclic" antidepressant that is quite safe, although you might initially experience mood swings, fatigue, and/or headache as your body is adapting -- remember that, in order to get a more robust response, you should consider not just increasing the dose but also decreasing it -- sometimes less is better -- and certainly will result in fewer adverse side effects -- good luck! ...Read more

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Infliximab steroid side effects?

Infliximab steroid side effects?

None: Infliximab or Remicade (infliximab) is not a steroid so you should not get steroid side effects directly from that medication. Remicade (infliximab) has its own potentially risks so make sure you are educated in its use and side effect potential. ...Read more

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How can one deal with the side effects of interferon?

See your doctor: Without knowing your specific symptoms, i would contact your doctor to help. Interferon has many side effects and the best way to deal with them is to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor who is treating you. They can prescribe medications that help with certain symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the side effects from having interferon shots?

Many: There are many side effects, including flu-like symptoms, anemias, mood changes such as depression, and others. This is why you need to be checked out by an experienced professional before and during treatment. ...Read more

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How can ai treat the side effects from taking interferon?

Symptomatic treatmen: Symptomatic treatment with pain medications, nsaids etc are options. Drinking plenty of water, gaitoraide etc to maintain hydration. ...Read more

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What are common side effects of interferon therapy?

Interferon: Treatment-related side effects are nearly universal most common: fatigue (interferon and ribavirin) flulike symptoms: fever, headache, muscle ache (interferon and ribavirin) mild anxiety (interferon) skin rash (ribavirin) depression (interferon) gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, diarrhea (interferon and ribavirin) monitoring for severe side effects (eg, marked anemia) is an important part of trea. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with interferon alfa-2b injections?

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

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What are important but rare interferon side effects when used for melanoma?

What are important but rare interferon side effects when used for melanoma?

A few: Interferon used in high dose for adjuvant treatment does have multiple side effects. The uncommon but severe ones include; suicide due to depression, liver damage, severe blood problems. It can be managed by a physician who has experience. Currently a trial compares it to yervoy which takes the breaks off the immune system. It too has side effects, but more promise. ...Read more

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I just started receiving interferon/ribavirin, can the side effects come on gradually?

Yes: The side effects, especially anemia, can come on gradually and can get worse with continued use. ...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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Multiple sclerosis and avonex (interferon beta 1a) and side effects?

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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What are common side effects of combination (ribavirin + interferon) treatment?

What are common side effects of combination (ribavirin + interferon) treatment?

Lots...: Fatigue, headache, rigors, fever, insomnia, irritability, depression, dizziness, impaired concentration, anxiety, emotional lability, hair loss, pruritus, dry skin , rash, nausea, anorexia , weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, anemia, injection site reaction, muscle and joint pains, shortness of breath, cough, flu-like symptoms, birth defects, chest pain, suicidal behavior to start. ...Read more

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I have Multiple Sclerosis and have been taking Avonex (interferon beta 1a) Injection since March 2014. I am now experiencing several symptoms of side effects from it. Stom?

I have Multiple Sclerosis and have been taking Avonex (interferon beta 1a) Injection since March 2014. I am now experiencing several symptoms of side effects from it. Stom?

Suggestions: Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is an interferon, and causes a multitude of adverse side effects, and due to it's minimal potency, and need for injecting, I no longer use in any of my patients. There are better tolerated oral meds on the market, and even the injectable Copaxone would provide less side effects, and superior efficacy. Discuss with your neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of treatment for hep c with interferon?

The major effect of: Interferon is the feeling of achiness and fever sort of like having a viral infection. Using the so-called pegylated interferon, the side effects are less. ...Read more

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Having post interferon side effects from hep c treatment over a year later! doctors don't see the correlation?

Having post interferon side effects from hep c treatment over a year later! doctors don't see the correlation?

Sure, but...: ...We're going to need a little more help from you. We can have your answer if you tell us what symptoms concern you, the location of your pain, its intensity, duration, timing (with meals, urination, stooling) ; accompanying issues like fever, tenderness, vomiting, bleeding, etc, ; circumstances (exposures, pregnant, stressed). Also, what tests have been done to exclude some possibilities? ...Read more

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Have external fixator in left wrist and left-sided numbness for hours after my avonex (interferon beta 1a) injection. Related? Can avonex (interferon beta 1a) cause infection in said situation

Have external fixator in left wrist and left-sided numbness for hours after my avonex (interferon beta 1a) injection. Related? Can avonex (interferon beta 1a) cause infection in said situation

Explanation: If you just started Avonex (interferon beta 1a) for ms, may be transient ms flares after the first series of injections, which is not unexpected. Would be surprised if your injection caused any infection, and do not believe the external fixator relates at all. However, I have a very negative opinion of avonex, (interferon beta 1a) which does not work very well to stabilize ms, as all the other dmt's work far better. Talk with doctor. ...Read more

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Adverse effects of interferon?

Many different.: Interferon can cause many different types of side-effects including anemia, low white blood cell counts, low platelet counts, decreased appetite, tiredness, fatigue and depression. In addition, low grade fever and muscle aches may occur. ...Read more