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Author Topic: Proleukin, Interleukin-2  (Read 2840 times)

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Offline saints54

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Proleukin, Interleukin-2
« on: July 30, 2007, 06:47:17 PM »
I am looking for other people who may have started treatment with Proleuking.  I have been undergoing this chem-therapy for the past 12 months.  One of the side effects is its ability to raise t-cells.  I'm not finding much info.  It is not a pleasant form of treatment.  It requires a sq injection twice a day for five days. By the 5th day I'm miserable with flu like symptoms.  There has been a slow but imcremental increase in my tcel count so I asked my dr how long this would go on.  He replied indefinitely however once the tcls reached a certain level, 800,  the series of injections would be ever 12-18 months instead of the current schedule of every 2 months.
Any of you know others undergoing this treatment I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks...

the following is from the AIDSmeds.com website:

What is Proleukin?
Proleukin is a man-made (synthetic) version of a protein produced by T-cells in the body. This protein, or cytokine, is called interleukin-2 (IL-2).
Unlike drugs currently used to treat HIV, Proleukin does not attack the virus. Proleukin boosts the production and activity of several important immune system cells. These cells include T-cells (T4 cells and T8 cells), B-cells (which produce antibodies), macrophages, and natural killer cells (NK cells).
Researchers believe that Proleukin can be helpful to HIV-positive people in two ways: 1) to help protect the immune system from the damage caused by HIV, and 2) to help the immune system control HIV reproduction.


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