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Peginterferon And Ribavirin
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Equivalent: They are equivalent. Different brands.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Will I be able to drink alcohol while taking the medications ribavirin and peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b)?
Question regarding pegylated interferon injections and ribavirin treatment. Who does them and when?
Hepatitis c injection" peg intron (peginterferon alfa 2b) a" has many side effects. How can they be decreased.?
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
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
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
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
Hcv RNA levels: jun2013= 1'749'327 iu/ml, sep2013 (07 weeks with peginterferon & ribavirin)= not detected. Should we keep on the therapy? Manythanks.
Hepatitis C: Yes. For the time being. You are responding well. But, you want this to be cleared for ever. ...Read more
I am being treated for hep c genotype 3. I take 400 mg copegus (ribavirin) 2x day and 180mcg peginterferon 1x week. I've developed mouth sores and burning. It hurts to eat. Is this a reaction to the meds?
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
Rebetol (ribavirin): See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/rebetol-side-effects.htmlGet a more detailed answer ›
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