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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Peginterferon Alfa 2b (Overview)

Peginterferon alfa-2b is a gastroenterology drug.


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Can you tell me the difference between peginterferon alfa 2a & peginterferon alfa 2b?

Can you tell me the difference between peginterferon alfa 2a & peginterferon alfa 2b?

Drug names: Both are pegylated interferons. Peginterferon alfa 2a is made by roche branded Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and is a slightly larger molecule. Peginterferon 2B is made by schering and its dose is calculated based on body weight. The brand name is peg-intron. These drugs have similar efficacy and side effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Peginterferon Alfa 2b (Overview)

Peginterferon alfa-2b is a gastroenterology drug.


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Can you tell me the difference between peginterferon alfa 2a & peginterferon alfa 2b?

Drug names: Both are pegylated interferons. Peginterferon alfa 2a is made by roche branded Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and is a slightly larger molecule. Peginterferon 2B is made by schering and its dose is calculated based on body weight. The brand name is peg-intron. These drugs have similar efficacy and side effects. ...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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Will I be able to drink alcohol while taking the medications ribavirin and peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b)?

Will I be able to drink alcohol while taking the medications ribavirin and peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b)?

Not recommended: Ribavirin must be used together with a Peg-Intron to treat chronic hepatitis C. Do not drink alcohol while taking ribavirin. Alcohol can increase the risk of damage to your liver. Hope it makes sense? ...Read more

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Is juvederm safe while taking peginterferon and ribasphere. No mor detail

I would wait to use: Usually when being treated with peg interferon and ribavirin, you become immunosuppresed (i.e. Low immune system), so any other injections like juvederm can lead to local inflammation/skin reactions, infections and confound the other symptoms that you might be experiencing while undergoing treatment. I would wait to use juvederm until you finish your treatment therapy. ...Read more

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Need info on interferon alfa-2b?

Need info on interferon alfa-2b?

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

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Who should not take interferon alfa-2b injections?

Contraindications: See list of contraindications at: https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo.cfm?archiveid=12503

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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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What happens when I miss a dose of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

Report it: When you miss a dose of peg interferon, you should report it to your treating physician. If it is just one dose, chances are you may have it injected later that day or week. If it is not feasible, i think you will still need to continue on with your treatment, as one dose is unlikely to change the trend you've had. Talk to you doc, though. ...Read more

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What are the potential side effects of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

What are the potential side effects of peginterferon alfa-2a ?

Talk to your doctor!: Some of the common side effects of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) (peg-interferon alfa-2a) are fatigue, depression, headache, fever, low white cell count, muscle pain and chills. However, there are potentially more serious side effects as well. The risk of developing side effects may depend on your other health problems. You should talk to your doctor. ...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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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 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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What are the drugs those can interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What are the drugs those can interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Many: There is a long list of drugs that may interact. The main ones are azathioprine, methadone, stavudine, telbivudine and theophylline. You should take to your doctor to make sure that your curent medicines do not interact with pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a). ...Read more

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What is the usual procedure for preparing and injecting pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

What is the usual procedure for preparing and injecting pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Simple Steps: Simple steps but all need to be done and it is best to have formal treating by a health care provider before starting. Basically it involves preparing the syringe and then drawing up the medication. Next you will need to find a spot on your abdomen or thigh and then inject into a pinched segment of skin. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 37 yr old and HCV + geno 3 ,should I go for interferon 2a + ribav or peginterferon 2a + ribav ,which is the best for me ,please advice.

Hi I'm 37 yr old and HCV + geno 3 ,should I go for interferon 2a + ribav or peginterferon 2a + ribav  ,which is the best for me ,please advice.

Harvoni: Well my dear your in luck. A new medication called Harvoni just came on the market. Its a combination of 2 very very effective medications (Ledipasvir-sofosbuvir). Its 1 pill a day, no interferon or ribaviron needed. The cure rate at 12 weeks is reported to be spectacular @ >94%. 12 weeks and your done. Ask your infectious disease doctor....its going to revolutionize Hep C treatment! ...Read more

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Has anyone used peginterferon alpha 2B and temezolomide for melanoma?

Has anyone used peginterferon alpha 2B and temezolomide for melanoma?

Alone or in combo?: Both of these drugs have been used separately to treat metastatic or high risk melanoma. However, the combination of these two drugs must be considered experimental, without even knowledge of safe doses let alone efficacy. ...Read more

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