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Hepatitis B 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
Is there a best weight control medication available with and without prescription for people with hepatitis b?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with Liver problems and Hepatitis B viral infection last month after series of constipation. What medications can I be using?
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
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
Viread and Baraclude (entecavir): These are currently the 2 best oral drugs on the market to suppress viral load with low resistance. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is a virus that tends to infect the liver in humans. Transmission from person to person is by intimate contact (sexual activity) or blood exchange. There is a readily available blood test to see if you have it, and there is a vaccination available (3 shots over 6 months) to prevent you from ever getting it. Hepatitis b can lead to chronic infection and cirrhosis, possibly cancer. ...Read more
A virus: The hepatitis b virus is transmitted via blood transfusion or other blood exposures, sexually, and at the time of delivery from mother to child. It can cause chronic infection which may result in cirrhosis and even liver cancer. There is a vaccine to prevent infection licensed in the usa in 1982 and there are some medications that can be used to treat chronic infection. ...Read more
Get evaluated: You need to go to a doctor who is knowledgeable about hepatitis b (hbv) and can figure out where you are with this disease. Some people need antiviral treatment and everybody with chronic hbv needs to be monitored regularly. Make sure everyone you live with is vaccinated against hbv to help protect them from accidental exposure. And avoid alcohol until you have discussed this with a clinician. ...Read more
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