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Is lamivudine the best medication for hepatitis b?

Is lamivudine the best medication for hepatitis b?

No: Lmivudine is one of the earlier medications released for treating both HIV and hepatitis b but it is no longer considered adequate therapy for hepatitis b due to the risk of viral mutation leading to resistance to the medication within the first year or two of treatment. A much better choice would be tenofavir aka viread, (tenofovir) which has a much longer life-span comparatively. ...Read more

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Will lamivudine cure hepatitis b completely?

Will lamivudine cure hepatitis b completely?

Possible yes: Natural history of hepatitis b leads to strong immunity against disease without treatment, Lamivudine is used for hepatitis b that is chronic (your body is unable to buld a strong immune responde against it and when the disease endangeres your liver function. Basically the drug slows down viral replication. So there is a chance it may lead to a complete halt of viral replication ...Read more

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Can I take lamivudine for hepatitis b while I am pregnant?

Can I take lamivudine for hepatitis b while I am pregnant?

Yes: It is used as a treatment for hepatitis b in pregnancy if bnefits outweight the risks. (risk of liver failure versus risk of affecting the baby) breastfeeding is contraindicated while taking this drug. ...Read more

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Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: There are currently 6 available antiviral medications for hepatitis b. Viread is the most common and Baraclude (entecavir) is also a first line therapy. Most of these medications only need to be taken once per day and have minimal side effects. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for HBV DNA virus load?

What is the best medication for HBV DNA virus load?

See doctor: Treatment for hbv requires close care and monitoring with a specialist, either infectious disease or hepatology. The medications used purely for hbv would be adefovir or entecavir, and if there is concomitant HIV infection, lamivudine/emtricitabine/tenofovir. The ultimate choice will depend on you unique circumstances, and decided upon by your specialist. ...Read more

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Is there a best weight control medication available with and without prescription for people with hepatitis b?

Is there a best weight control medication available with and without prescription for people with hepatitis b?

No: I am not a fan of weight control medications. Many of them are dangerous. Patient's with liver disease should be especially cautious. Nothing beats calorie control and increased activity. ...Read more

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Medication for hepatitis b?

Medication for hepatitis b?

Many medications: Experts for treatment of hepatitis generally agreed that no treatment for acute hepatitis B infection. For chronic infection the use of medications depends on complicated multi factors such as what kind of antigen and antibody, viral load, state of liver disease as reflected by liver enzymes ALT, AST, the result of liver biopsy. The presence of HIV, liver cirrhosis, age of patients etc. ...Read more

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Do asymptomatic hepatitis b patients require medication?

Do asymptomatic hepatitis b patients require medication?

Possible: You need to be examined and have a complete history taken. Then after a complete
blood evaluation the doctor can explain to
you what needs to be done next. ...Read more

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Can one drink a little wine with hepatitis b medications?

Better to abstain: The problem is not with the medications, but with the hepatitis itself. People with chronic hepatitis b or c can progress more rapidly if they drink. Avoiding alcohol completely is recommended. ...Read more

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Is it true hepatitis b assymptomatic patients do not need any medication?

Is it true hepatitis b assymptomatic patients do not need any medication?

Not true: Chronic hepatitis b is usually asymptomatic until the liver has suffered so much damage that it has developed cirrhosis or cancer. A doctor who specializes in liver disease (hepatologist) will help you determine if and when treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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I was just checked and found hepatitis b positive what advice can you give me and medication.

What's positive?: I'd need to know whether it's the surface antibody or antigen that's positive. A positive antigen means you have either acute or chronic hepatitis. A positive antibody just means you're immune. ...Read more

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A HBV viral load of 2255. What is the advice in terms of medication, diet and other for full cleansing of the body system?

Carrier state?: That is a low viral load (if it is measured in copies/ml). You may be in a carrier state - your doctor will have to decide that. You will then need to be followed closely and may not need any meds right now. In the meantime, eat healthy, avoid excessive alcohol/acetaminophen intake. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with chronic hepatitis b way back 2005, I don't take any medication since then... What is the possibility that I can be cured?

I was diagnose with chronic hepatitis b way back 2005, I don't take any medication since then... What is the possibility that I can be cured?

Can be treated: Chronic hepatitis b can be treated with fda approved medications, but cure rates vary. Seek out the consultation of a liver specialist (hepatologist) to further investigate your treatment options. ...Read more

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If I have a chronic hepatitis b infection, should I be on medication?

Maybe: Chronic hepatitis b may need to be treated, it depends on a variety of factors...Too complex to fully discuss on this board! You need to see a specialist in liver disease, get your labs done, including what is called a viral load, and liver tests as well as tests for various hepatitis b markers, and then have the specialist review your individual case and what they recommend, and why... ...Read more

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Whate is the treatment of hepatitis b virus? (medication)

Several methods: Interferon (pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) is recommended) can be used to treat hep b. Lamivudine, an HIV med can be used (as well as several others). Entecavir and adefovir are also used. They are all generally well tolerated except the interferon classes. They cause fever, chills, nausea, vomiting...Like you have the flu. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Liver problems and Hepatitis B viral infection last month after series of constipation. What medications can I be using?

I was diagnosed with Liver problems and Hepatitis B viral infection last month after series of constipation. What medications can I be using?

...: Most likely hep B does not relate to constipation, They are two different problems, you have to see your gastroenterologist to get assessed if you need to be on treatment for your hep B ...Read more

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Normal sgpt, sgot, bilirubin count. I hve hepatitis b.But still my symptoms like nausea, abdomen discomfort perceivs. Why? Shud I need medications.

Normal sgpt, sgot, bilirubin count. I hve hepatitis b.But still my symptoms like nausea, abdomen discomfort perceivs. Why? Shud I need medications.

HepB NOT likely caus: You may have ibs, a functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by some pain/cramping, altered bowel habits in the absence of specific/unique organic pathology/disease. Other symptoms common to ibs include bloating, gasiness, frequent/urge to have bm, early satiety, dyspepsia symptoms etc...
Often = nuisances, but can be debilitating at times.
If u r concerned, consult doc.
Good luck. ...Read more

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HBV test results: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative. Need any medication or vaccine?

HBV test results: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative. Need any medication or vaccine?

Excellent question: And your story stumps many a doctor, often! :)
a lot of the recommendations depend on - are you someone with risk factors for HBV? Is this the first time that it has been checked? Are your liver enzymes normal? Are you about to undergo any procedures/ treatments that could put you at risk for HBV? If you have no sig risk factors, yes, I'd vaccinate you if there's potential for exposure. ...Read more

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What are the most effective drugs for hepatitis b?

Viread and Baraclude (entecavir): These are currently the 2 best oral drugs on the market to suppress viral load with low resistance. ...Read more

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Are there any approved drugs to treat chronic hepatitis b?

Yes, but....: There are drugs used to treat chronic hepatitis b infections, but not everyone needs, or should, be on them. This is too complicated to fully discuss on this board, you need to see a liver specialist, or infectious disease specialist, to review your individual situation, and then make appropriate recommendations. ...Read more

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Test +hbv on silibrom 140 doctors on strike severe chest/lever pain can't eat solid food now. What should I do/drugs to take before they end strike?

Test +hbv on silibrom 140 doctors on strike severe chest/lever pain can't eat solid food now. What should I do/drugs to take before they end strike?

More info needed: Hep B is complicated. To give you any valid comments here you must provide the complete panel of Hep B results. What test was positive? What tests were also done? Have you been vaccinated fir Hep B in the past? ...Read more

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Vould it be posible that because I have hepatitis b that the marijuana would stay in my system haven't smoked in over three months and my drug test?

Out of your System: The tch should be out of your system by now after 3 months since last exposure. I encourage you to consider getting off marijuana as it is a very potent and dangerous hallucinogen, nevermind its promotion in popular culture as cool and medically valuable. Besides, just like cigerettes, it could negatively impact the course of your HBV infection. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have hepatitis b what is the best drug do I suppose to take?

I have hepatitis b what is the best drug do I suppose to take?

There are: Specific drugs and you should be followed by your PCP who may want you to see an expert in hepatitis
The treatment depends upon the stage of hepatitis B you have...more testing may be necessary!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can hepatitis B be drug induced?

Yes: I am not sure, but I think what you are asking is if you can get Hep B by using IV drugs (like heroin)? If so, the answer is unfortunately yes. Sexual contact and shared needles can both result in Hep B transmission, which is spread via blood or bodily fluids. My advice is, always practice safe sex, don't share needles, get vaccinated against Hep B, and get tested. ...Read more

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What are the probable symptoms of hepatitis b in a drug user?

Sometimes no symptom: Hep b is a virus which can cause liver disease, including liver failure, but often shows no symptoms for years, even though it is doing damage. Symptoms can be vague: nausea, fatigue, decreased appetite, changes in skin coloring, abdominal pain. Hep b is detected by a blood test, and if you don't carry the virus, you can get a vaccine against it. Hep c is similar, but deadlier & no vaccine yet. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of hepatitis B? What are the symptoms of hepatitis B? What are some drugs given to a hepatitis B patient?

What are the possible causes of hepatitis B? What are the symptoms of hepatitis B? What are some drugs given to a hepatitis B patient?

It's a virus: Hepatitis B is a virus transmitted by coming in contact with the blood/body fluids of someone infected. Symptoms can be mild to severe & appear within 1-4 months: abdominal pain, dark urine, fever, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue & yellowing of skin (jaundice). Acute hepatitis B often resolves with rest/good nutrition. Chronic: antivirals/interferon/liver transplant. ...Read more

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Normal liver function, should need to treat? I was a hepatitis b virus carriers. What drugs can clear the hepatitis b virus.

Normal liver function, should need to treat? I was a hepatitis b virus carriers. What drugs can clear the hepatitis b virus.

Doubtful: Asymptomatic carriage of hep b is common, although some hepatologists would recommend biopsy to be certain that the status of the disease is proven. There are several antivirals (lamivudine, adefovir, tenofovir, telbivudine, and entecavir), and immune system modulators (interferon Alpha 2a, and peg if Alpha 2a) which can be used in therapy, but your hepatologist would explain these effectively. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis B couse abdominal distension and pain in the upper abdomen.? 4 years that discovered disease, she dosn't use drugs, should it use? What?

See specialist: Hi. Hepatitis B can cause serious liver damage, all the way to liver failure; it can also cause liver cancer. The pain and swelling could be an enlarged liver stretching it's capsule. Your friend should see a liver specialist experienced with treating viral hepatitis. ...Read more

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