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Hepatitis B Treatment
Antivirals: The most commonly used antiviral medications against hepatitis b are Entecavir and tenofovir. Both are well tolerated and do a great job stopping the hbv from making copies of itself. No medications cure hepatitis b so many people have to take them indefinitely. Gilead is working on an immune enhancer drug that might help control hbv as well as a tenofovir-like drug with fewer kidney problems. ...Read more
Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation ...Read more
Inosine: Inosine is a nucleoside which has been studied for use in hepatitis B. Although a few trials were promising, it currently plays no role in hep B treatment. Current medications available for control of hepatitis B are effective and well-tolerated. I would not recommend adding this to any current therapy which you may require. Good luck. ...Read more
Was studied in 1980s: and again being looked into - but certainly no conclusive evidence that it works. current HBV Rx is so easily tolerated and works well - I'd recommend sticking to mainstream in this case. ...Read more
If you have chronic hepatitis b with treatment does it help you get healthy again and not show up in test results or do you have a short time to live?
I'm having hepatitisb from last few years. It's in dormant stage, i'm termed as carrier of hepatitis b. Suggest treatment to get rid of this. Yogi.Ind?
Wait for progress: We have no way of eliminating the hepatiits b carrier state once it is established. I'm glad it's gone dormant, but continue to be followed. Anyone telling you otherwise is mistaken. We may hope for scientific progress to make it possible for you to clear the virus, for you own sake and that of those who care for you. ...Read more
Hello i was just diagnosed with hepatitis b ,is there a treatment for me or can it naturally go away after awhile?
Recheck in 6 months: For acute HBV infection, 80% of patients will become immune, the viral infection will resolve. In 20% of patients, the virus will persist, leading to a chronic carrier state. The timeline distinguishing acute from chronic is 6 months, in other words, if the HBV surface antigen persists after 6 months from onset of infection, the patient is labelled a chronic carrier. There is treatment for this. ...Read more
I'm chronic hepatitis b carrier. I tried treatment but no avail. What're chances of getting liver failure or cirrhosis?
Actually low risk: Being a carrier confers little risk of liver failure/cirrhosis/cancer, but chronic, active hepb has a higher risk. Since you did not hve luck with therapy, the best you can do is nuture your liver--avoid/minimize alcohol/drugs, get vaccinated for hepa, eat a healthy, balanced diet along with maintaining ideal body wt (obesity increases risk), and follow-up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: There are several good medications which can treat hepatitis b virus infection. The two most commonly used are Entecavir and tenofovir. In addition, hepatitis b virus infection can be treated with interferon. Hepatitis b can exist in many forms, some of which do not require treatment. You should discuss this with your doctor to see which form you have. ...Read more
Depends: Most patients infected with hepatitisb will resolve the infection on their own without medical intervention. However, some patients do not. It is very important to be followed by a doctor to see if you "clear" the hepatitis b infection on your own or develop chronic hepatitis b in which case antiviral medication will likely be needed. Avoid alcohol and sex while your body is fighting the infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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