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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

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

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What is the new treatment for hep c and liver cirohsis if the patient is not the right candidate for interferon.

What is the new treatment for hep c and liver cirohsis if the patient is not the right candidate for interferon.

New medicines: Many newer medications in clinical trials have treated patients very successfully with interferon- free regimens treatment in clinical trials offers access to the medicines prior to general use, and several should be approved soon. Some are called proteases and nucleotides. Once they prove to work and not cause too many side effects, the fda will review and eventually approve for general use. ...Read more

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I failed interferon treatment and BCG treatment for bladder cancer. Is surgery the only option left?

I failed interferon treatment and BCG treatment for bladder cancer. Is surgery the only option left?

Probably best option: If you have failed tretament with BCG and interferon, some patients may reposnd to treatment with valstar (valrubicin). However, depending on the specifics of your bladder cancer, cystectomy and urinary diversion may be your best option. You should discuss this with your urologist. ...Read more

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I am suffering with kidney failure and on capd. I am also suffering with HCV and I had 5 months interferon treatment, but no response of injections. Any other treatment?

I am suffering with kidney failure and on capd. I am also suffering with HCV and I had 5 months interferon treatment, but no response of injections. Any other treatment?

See below: Genotype 1 of hcv is very resistant to treatment. You cannot get Ribavirin as it cannot be used in dialysis patients. Assuming you got adequate dose of interferon and there is absolutely no response, there is no other treatment. If you had some response at least, then you may benefit from prolonged duration of treatment. ...Read more

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I'm going through interferon and ribavirin treatment for hep c, can it weaken my immune system and make it easier for me to catch colds, etc?

Can: Any time you are on biologics such as interferon you place yoursef at risk so any time you get sick or bhave fevers seek medical opinion. ...Read more

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Consume alcohol once after spicy dinner. Any other cure for that ingestion?

Consume alcohol once after spicy dinner. Any other cure for that ingestion?

Spicy helped?: Alcohol can damage the stomach lining, like food acid, stomach acid, or bacteria. Beer has lots of carbs which may buffer a spicy meal, or a small amount of wine. Antacids, acid blocking medications are available over the counter, stronger by prescription for daily heartburn that persists. ...Read more

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Is it ok to consume alcohol during rabis vaccine? If no then for how long?

Is it ok to consume alcohol during rabis vaccine? If no then for how long?

Of no concern: Social consumption of alcohol should have no effect on the vaccine's effectiveness, regardless of the timing. ...Read more

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Hello Sir. I am on Tavanic 500, and taking one tablet every day. Can I consume alcohol during this course?

Hello Sir. I am on Tavanic 500, and taking one tablet every day. Can I consume alcohol during this course?

No.: I assume you have been prescribed this antibiotic for some sort of infection. If so, you are probably going to be taking it for no more than 14 days. If you can't go for 2 weeks without a drink of alcohol, you have a MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM than the infection that your doctor is treating you for. You should not be combining alcohol with ANY prescription drug. ...Read more

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Conceived on March 28th, Binge drank on weekends April 2nd, 9th and 16th. Last drink on the 17th, did not consume alcohol during the week at all, positive test on April 22nd, could I have done damage to the baby in those 3 weeks?

Conceived on March 28th, Binge drank on weekends April 2nd, 9th and 16th. Last drink on the 17th, did not consume alcohol during the week at all, positive test on April 22nd, could I have done damage to the baby in those 3 weeks?

Yes: That's why women trying to get pregnant and women who are pregnant should not drink alcohol... it is toxic stuff. One should continue good prenatal care, hope for the best, and with her doctor's help, avoid any and all addictive or toxic substances. That may mean avoiding contact with people who are involved in using addictive or toxic substances. ...Read more

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What are some possible reasons that my hands fall asleep during the night and it's only after I consume alcohol?

What are some possible reasons that my hands fall asleep during the night and it's only after I consume alcohol?

Hand tingling EtOH: There are many reasons that your hands can "fall asleep" during the night and many are positional. You typically move without awareness when this happens, or wake up and avoid it getting worse. Alcohol could prevent you from that awareness; but it is also toxic to the nervous system, so could ultimately worsen something like entrapped nerve, carpal tunnel or other syndromes. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure and prevent mouth ulcers. I don't consume alcohol or tobacco.

Oral ulcers: If you are finding it difficult to properly treat these ulcers and your dentist is uncertain of the answer I would recommend finding a dentist that specializes or has advanced training in oral medicine. You can check with the american academy of oral medicine web site for a dentist in your area. ...Read more

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What are common side effects of interferon therapy?

Interferon: Treatment-related side effects are nearly universal
most common:
fatigue (interferon and ribavirin)
flulike symptoms: fever, headache, muscle ache (interferon and ribavirin)
mild anxiety (interferon)
skin rash (ribavirin)
depression (interferon)
gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, diarrhea (interferon and ribavirin)
monitoring for severe side effects (eg, marked anemia) is an important part of trea. ...Read more

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Would I be able to take my pegylated interferon therapy after diagnosed w/ascites?

Would I be able to take my pegylated interferon therapy after diagnosed w/ascites?

Depends: I am assuming you have hep c cirrhosis with new ascites. Given a new due compensating symptom, treatment becomes more difficult. That does not mean it needs to stop, however best if you were managed at a tertiary care center. ...Read more

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Chronic hepatitis b. .. I did interferon therapy for one year and then 1 year break and now I have viral loud 38074609 copies. What I do?

Hepatitis B: The best treatment for hepatitis b is Lamivudine or viread (tenofovir). There is at least one other oral medication. Are you sure you were treated with interferon for hepatitis b and not for hepatitis c? ...Read more

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Chronic hepatitis b. .. I did interferon therapy for one year and then 1 year break and now I have viral loud 38074609 copies / ml. What I do?

Go back to doctor: See a hepatologist. There is new therapy available with which to treat this disease. Because the alternative is ultimately cirrhosis and possibly hepatocellular carcinoma and death it is certainly worthwhile looking into. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy (ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!

What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy (ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!

Hep c: Hep c is hard to treat and as you know, the treatment is hard to tolerate. Symptoms of relapse would include jaundice, but a better way is to just get a viral load checked with a blood test. That would tell you a lot more. ...Read more

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Are things like radiation therapy, 5-fluorouracil, or interferon (IFN) therapy safe hypertrophic scar treatments or over the top? Other options?

Are things like radiation therapy, 5-fluorouracil, or interferon (IFN) therapy safe hypertrophic scar treatments or over the top? Other options?

Scar treatment: Nothing is "over the top", if you have done the appropriate therapies and aren't getting the results you want. You should always consider the risk/benefit ratio for anything you contemplate doing. ...Read more