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What Types Of Hepatitis Does Interferon Treat

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Hepatitis: Overview

What Is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means an inflammation, or swelling, of the liver. Viruses can cause hepatitis. Alcohol, drugs (including prescription medications), or poisons can also cause hepatitis. So can opportunistic infections such as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC, see Fact Sheet 514 ) or Cytomegalovirus (CMV, see Fact Sheet 504 ). Hepatitis is a very common disease. It can affect people even if their immune systems are healthy....
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Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Good question.Doctors who treat hepatitis C include hepatologists or infectious disease doctors.... Read more »

Alcohol, Hep C, and Interferon Treatment

My wife is 54 years old with Hep C. We have known for 7 years. Geno type 1a, viral count low, liver biopsy 0-1. She is considering interferon treatment, but still drinks. What advice do you have/ Should she take treatment?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
With a very low fibrosis score, she certainly has options. She could try treatment and sees if she has a rapid viral load response at four weeks which would predict a very high chance of cure. She should certainly keep alcohol intake to a minimum (?... Read more »

interferon and hiv

I have HIV coinfection with HBV and HCV. Yesterday I got my viral load for both HBV and HCV, and for both it was undetectable after 6 months on interferon 100 weakly and rebavirin 400 twice daily and zefix . I noted that my CD4 droped from 915...
Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Your case continues to be complex. You must have some guidance there from someone, when you are currently taking interferon and Zefix (lamivudine). Someone is giving you those prescriptions.Regarding the HBV: the first question is to find out if... Read more »

Side Effects & Cure Rate Using Pegylated Interferon for Hep C

I have Hepatitus C; Geneotype 3A and viral load of 407,000. My last biopsy showed Stage 2 of 4 in 1999. What is the cure rate and side effects of Pegylated Interferon? My Dr. is recommending I try this treatment. Please respond. LenardLinda@aol.com...
Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Response from Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Fundacion Gatroenterologia De Diego
Peg Intron and RBV -82%sustained response.Rebetron-79%(No changes with the Peg in your genotype, which is the more favorable,and you also have a low viral load another good prognostis sign.)Pegasys and RBV-76%Most probably around the same,as these... Read more »
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Interferon and Hiv

Posted by ethan_hines, 2 Replies
Why doesn't pegylated Interferon work the same way with Hiv as it does with HVB/C?. Isn't Interferon very important in fighting RNA virus infections which Hiv is one of? How does Hiv get around its defence? Read more »

T-cells dropping and Interferon

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
HI, my son's father is HIV+ and has HEPc also.. his viral count is undecectable and t-cell count has always been around 400+..he started interferon for the hepc about 4 weeks ago. 2 weeks ago he had blood drawn and his T cell count was under 300..... Read more »

hepatitis c - interferon tratamiento

Posted by Anonymous
HOLA NESESITO HACER ALGO POR MI HIGADO, MI DOCTOR ME SUGERIO TRATAR CON INTERFERON. EL PROBLEMA ES QUE MIS DEFENSAS SUBEN Y BAJAN Y COMO LEI INTERFERON TIENE MUCHOS SIDES EFFECTS. TAMBIEN HACE TRES ANOS ME ENFERME Y ME DIO P.M.L USE INTEFERON TODOS... Read more »

SEEKING PEOPLE WHO USED INTERFERON FOR HEPATIS C

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
HELLO ! MY LIVER DOCTOR WANTS ME TO USED INTEFERON FOR THE HEPATITIS C, BUT THE PROBLEM I HAVE IS THAT MY T-CELLS GO UP AND DOWN. MY T-CELLS ARE 325 NOW BUT THE LAST MONTH WERE 221 AND THE MONTH BEFORE WERE 175,IN JANUARY I HAVE 400. I DID A BIOPSY... Read more »