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What happens when you consume alcohol during interferon treatment?

What happens when you consume alcohol during interferon treatment?

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 more

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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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Can it interfere with rabies treatment if you get really drunk a few times? Ofc heavy alcohol use is never healthy, but can it interact with rabies?

Can it interfere with rabies treatment if you get really drunk a few times? Ofc heavy alcohol use is never healthy, but can it interact with rabies?

No: The response ot the Rabies Vaccine is not dependent upon your blood alcohol level. Your response should not be affected by tying one on. Just make sure you don't drive home after. ...Read more

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My friend with carcinoid is going to start interferon treatment. Is this widely recommended? Her tumor cannot be localized. 

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 more

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How does interferon work as a treatment for hepatitis?

How does interferon work as a treatment for hepatitis?

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 (telaprevir)) or bocepravir (victrelis). Interferon used by itself has virtually no effect in hepatitis c. The addition of the direct-acting antivirals (incivek (telaprevir) and victrelis) has greatly improved the response. ...Read more

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Does a HBV patient need life long treatment of interferon?

Does a HBV patient need life long treatment of interferon?

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

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For someone who is 40 years old, what are the long term detrimental impacts of interferon treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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 more

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What is the course of duration of peginterferon(interferon alfa2b) in the treatment of hepatitis b? Plz explain in detail.

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

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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