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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

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What will happen if my husband starts to drink heavily after interferon treatment for hep c?

Only bad things: This is incredibly high risk behavior. Your husband is begging for cirrhosis. Get him help if at all possible. ...Read more

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Any development is made in this field or not. Is there any treatment other than interferon injection. What are the home remedies. Ginseng can work.?

Any development is made in this field or not. Is there any treatment other than interferon injection. What are the home remedies. Ginseng can work.?

Not recommended: Interferon is used for treating certain viral infections, in the case of viral hepatitis, is currently used for treating hepatitis c and sometimes hepatitis b. There are other drugs that can be added to augment the effectiveness of interferon for viral hepatitis. Herbal medications have little place in the treatment of viral hepatitis and in some cases can be harmful. ...Read more

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

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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I am unable to tolerate the interferon/ribaviron treatment due to adverse pulmonary response what other options do I have?

For what condition?: Interferon/ribaviron are used to treat a number of condtions, so in order to know what other treatments may be an option for you, we'd first need to know what issue you are treating. :-) please re-post, and best of luck! ...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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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've read in healthtap about tecfidera, gilenya (fingolimod) and tisabry MS treatments. What's your opinion about interferon treatment (using rebif 44mg)?

I've read in healthtap about tecfidera, gilenya (fingolimod) and tisabry MS treatments. What's your opinion about interferon treatment (using rebif 44mg)?

Not first choice: Look, we are in a new age of treatment, and need to acknowledge that the older injectables were great to use, but the drugs you listed are far more effective, and avoid needles (except tysabri, (natalizumab) one infusion monthly) yet, risks are present with all three, and in comparison with rebif, absence of long-term safety data. If you are doing well, could stay on current med, but change if MRI is active. ...Read more