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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• May cause anorexia, and changes in weight.1
• Anemia and a susceptibility to infections is possible.2
• N-acetyl cysteine may enhance interferon's effectiveness if used together in the treatment of hepatitis C.3
• The Japanese herbal compound Sho-saiko-to has been shown to cause pneumonitis in patients on interferon therapy with hepatitis. It may be advisable to avoid combining interferon and this herbal product.4
• The active ingredient of licorice (glycyrrhizin) may enhance the effectiveness of interferon in the treatment of hepatitis.5
References1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Beloqui O, Prieto J, Sua’rez B, et al. N-Acetyl cysteine enhances the response to interferon-alpha in chronic hepatitis C: A pilot study. J Interferon Res 1993;13:279-82
4 Ishizaki T, Sasaki F, Ameshima S, et al. Pneumonitis during interferon and/or herbal drug therapy in patients with chronic active hepatitis. Eur Respir J 1996;9:2691-96
4 Sugiyama H, Nagai M, Kotajima F, et al. A case of interstitial pneumonia with chronic hepatitis C following interferon-alpha and sho-saiko-to therapy. Arerugi 1995;44:711-14 [in Japanese].
5 Abe Y, Ueda T, Kato T, et al. Effectiveness of interferon, glycyrrhizin combination therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Nippon Rinsho 1994;52:1817-22 ( Japanese].
5 Fujisawa K. Interferon therapy in hepatitis C virus induced chronic hepatitis: Clinical significance of pretreatment with glycyrhizin. Trop Gastroenterol 1991;12:176-79.
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