Viferon is one of the most popular medicines in our country. It is widely used in pediatrics, as well as in the treatment of pregnant women.
It is believed that the drug is absolutely safe, but it is almost a panacea and treats most infectious diseases. But what should I do if the doctor appoints Viferon to a future mother who does not have any symptoms of the disease?
Why should Viferon be given to pregnant women?
In the domestic pharmaceutical market, Viferon is positioned as an antiviral and immunomodulating drug. Its main component is recombinant interferon alpha-2 B. It is a synthetic analogue of protein, which is produced by the human body to fight disease pathogens. It is believed that getting into the body of a future mother, it strengthens her immune defenses and helps to resist diseases.
Unfortunately, there are no credible proofs of the effectiveness of the drug, as no serious studies have been conducted.
Usually, this drug is recommended to be taken at the first signs of colds to prevent further development. It can also be prescribed according to the results of tests, even if the woman has no symptoms of the disease. Most often this happens if the doctor finds signs of ureaplasmosis, chlamydia, etc. in the vaginal smear. It can also be prescribed for the treatment of warts, all types of herpes, hepatitis and other viral diseases.
How effective and safe is Viferon in pregnancy?
In the effectiveness and safety of Viferon, there are many inaccuracies and ambiguities. Producers in defense of their drug lead a huge number of research results, but none of them comply with international standards for conducting clinical trials. Therefore, today there are several radically different points of view on this drug:
- Recombinant interferon alpha-2 B is really identical to natural, therefore, can not be absorbed into the blood from the rectum, stomach, through the skin and in any other way due to a too large cell size. Interferons are administered only parenterally and only with serious diseases, such as chronic viral hepatitis and a malignant tumor. These are effective medicines, possessing a huge number of dangerous side effects. In the case of hepatitis and cancer the risk is justified, but in pregnancy this treatment is not carried out. And when Viferon rectal administration or any other interferon, it just comes out with the faeces.
- Interferon alfa-2 B in Viferon has a size slightly less than natural, so it is still absorbed through the rectal mucosa and has a therapeutic effect. Then it is not clear that with side effects? Perhaps the manufacturer does not say that his drug can lead to serious disruption of all body systems?
At the same time, the manufacturer assures that Interferon alfa-2 B is practically no different from natural, but it is easily digested from the rectum. It has no side effects and copes with any diseases.
Analyzing the patients' feedback, it can be concluded that Viferon does not really cause all those dangerous side effects that occur in the treatment with interferons. So - the drug is simply not absorbed into the blood and does not affect the person.
One of the main arguments against Viferon is the lack of a serious evidence base for its effectiveness. Medicines that really can enhance the functioning of the immune system are recommended only to patients with HIV, radiation sickness, during chemotherapy or after taking immunosuppressants during organ transplants. They are not assigned to everyone in a row and do not sell at every pharmacy.
What to do if the doctor appoints Viferon when you are not sick?
This is a very unpleasant and dangerous situation, when a doctor who is trusted suddenly prescribes a drug with unproven efficacy. It is very difficult to make the right decision - to ignore the advice of a doctor or still "to be treated". Moreover, in the absence of obvious symptoms of the disease, treatment seems completely inadvisable. In this situation, you can:
- Ask for an explanation of why to prescribe an untested drug to a healthy pregnant woman;
- Just do not take the medicine;
- Take medicine, because we know that it is not absorbed into the blood and most likely will not cause harm;
- Look for another doctor who will adhere to the principles of evidence-based medicine.
And the final decision-making depends only on the woman herself. Do not be afraid to ask questions and seek information. Perhaps this will help to save health and save money.