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Doctor insights on: Peginterferon And Ribavirin

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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

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Ribavirin (Definition)

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Will interferon and ribavirin cause depression?

Will interferon and ribavirin cause depression?

It Can: One of the more worrisome side-effects of interferon therapy is depression. Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are known to be associated with interferon therapy. ...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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Can sovaldi and Ribavirin cure hep c???

Can sovaldi and Ribavirin cure hep c???

Yes: It can...but better still Harvoni has a 96% cure rate with 8-12 weeks of treatment with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Whats the next step after infergen (interferon alfacon 1) and ribavirin?

Whats the next step after infergen (interferon alfacon 1) and ribavirin?

For HCV?: Interferon gamma and Ribavirin has been the standard of care for treatment of hepatitis c virus infections. Success rates have been poor, however. Newer antiviral agents are now available and being used in patients who did not have successful treatment with interferon and ribavirin. You should talk to your doctor about new options. ...Read more

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Bad effects of copegus (ribavirin) treatment and liver enzyme levels?

Bad effects of copegus (ribavirin) treatment and liver enzyme levels?

Hep C and ribavirin: This drug is for combination treatment of hepatitis c. Copegus (ribavirin) alone is not effective for the treatment of chronic hepatitis c virus infection.The main toxicity is hemolytic anemia, which may result in worsening of cardiac disease, heart attacks. Your doctor will test your blood for liver enzyme levels, virus load and other things. ...Read more

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Can pegintron and ribavirin tx for hep c cause neurological tics?

Can pegintron and ribavirin tx for hep c cause neurological tics?

Yes: Interferon can cause neurotoxicity. If you have new neurological symptoms, you should notify you doctor immediately for evaluation. ...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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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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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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What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & pegintron for treatment of hcv?

Very little: These are both long acting forms of pegylated interferon that can be injected once a week. Cure rates using each are similar. Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) has been given a slight edge in cure rates by kaiser and veteran's admin studies as well as the uspstf. Most hepatitis c drug companies that combine their new drugs with interferon and Ribavirin use pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a). But your provider will use what he/she is used to. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & pegintron in treatment of hcv?

What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & pegintron in treatment of hcv?

Packaging...: Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and pegintron (peginterferon alfa 2b) are two drugs fda approved for treatment of chronic hepatitis c. They are slightly different in their chemical composition but studies indicate they are virtually equally effective in what they do and have very similar side effect profiles. Insurance usually drives which of the two is preferred on their formulary. ...Read more

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Why are some slow in seeking approval for peg-intron and pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Why are some slow in seeking approval for peg-intron and pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Price: It is a very expensive medication! insurance want to make sure it is indeed indicated before paying such a pricey medication. ...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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Will valerian root cause react badly with peginterferon alfa 2a and ribavirin for hep c?

No...: Herbal remedies e.g. Valerian root, silymarin will probably not interfere with conventional antiviral treatment of hepatitis c - no studies i'm aware of. Conversely, there are no studies taking them will do any good - so you may want to save your money. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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Can ribavirin cause side effects?

Yes: The full list of side effects of Ribavirin is very long. A few of the most common side effects are anemia, fever and emotional lability. ...Read more

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What is the normal dose of ribavirin for hepatitis?

What is the normal dose of ribavirin for hepatitis?

Varies w interferon: When treating hepatitis c in adults, the dosing of Ribavirin depends on a few factors: which of the hepatitis c viruses (i.e. Which genotype) is being treated, whether or not the person treated also has hiv, and whether or not the patient weighs less than 75kg (165 lb). The dose can range from 400mg twice daily to 600mg twice daily. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Rebetol (ribavirin)?

Rebetol (ribavirin): See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/rebetol-side-effects.html

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How does ribavirin work?

Ribavirin: Ribavirin is an antiviral medication used with interferon to treat hepatitis c. It works by stopping the virus that causes hepatitis c from spreading inside the body. It is a prodrug, which when metabolized, interferes with viral replication. ...Read more

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Who should not use Rebetol (ribavirin)?

Rebetol (ribavirin): See the many contraindications at: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=04d2b6f4-bd9b-4871-9527-92c81aa2d4d0

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What happens when I overdose on ribavirin?

What happens when I overdose on ribavirin?

Depends upon doses: All medicines have a threshold to cause signs of intoxication. If you know how much you did take ( number of pills or milligrams.) call the Poison Control Center 18002823171 in the USA to see if you should worry or go to the emergency room? If this happened recently in matter of few hours try to vomit them. ...Read more

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What are the most common uses of ribavirin?

Hepatitis C, RSV: It is approved for use (along with interferon) for treatment of chronic hepatitis c in adults and children. It is approved for use for treatment of respiratory syncytial virus in infants and children. ...Read more

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What is the drug virazole used for? (ribavirin-inhalation)

RSV: The inhaled form of Ribavirin is used to treat respiratory syncytial virus in infants and children with lower respiratory tract (lung) infection from this infection, particularly if immunocompromised (poor immune system from chemotherapy, hiv, bone marrow problem or other). ...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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Virazole (Definition)

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Rebetol (Definition)

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