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.
Yes. Absolutely. There are even some treatments shown to cure hepatitis b. The treatment takes a while though, and has many side effects, so it's not for everyone. Speak to your primary care physician about seeing a hepatologist to review your options.
Yes. There are various reasons when and why hepatitis B therapy should be started. There are 5 different medications (pills) approved for use in the US and also interferon injections can be used in some patients. These treatment rarely lead to a cure, but rather, they control the virus and prevent complications.

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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...
Yes. There are many medications approved for the treatment of hepatitis b. Treatment depends on your viral level, liver function, and overall health status. You should see a hepatologist for evaluation and management. Read more...

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...

What can I do if I'm suffering from chronic hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B. First thing you will want to do is to speak with your primary care provider who can refer you to the appropriate specialist (usually an infectious disease specialist). Several blood test will need to be done to determine if you need treatment. Not everyone needs to be treated right away. Read more...

Is there a cure for chronic hepatitis b?

Yes and no. Most adult onset cases are acute and never become chronic ("get it, got it, had it"). Patients have essentially cleared infection , and remain immune. 95% of infections at birth (endemic regions for chronic carriers, e.g. Far east, africa, middle east) become and stay chronic. Depending on genotype, viral load, other factors patients may have better responses to meds to decrease, if not clear inf. Read more...
Tough. This is a very tough virus to get rid of. Many people get it at a young age so it is engrained into one's dna commonly. We do have good drugs nowadays to suppress the viral load and decrease long-term complications but they usually must be taken indefinitely. Read more...

What is functional cure for chronic hepatitis b?

No Cure. There is no cure for chronic active hepatitis b. But, if one is on one of the treatments to suppress hepatitis then this is like a cure (just one that relies upon taking the effective medication every day). Read more...
Hepatitis B. You need to be seen and evaluated by an infectious diseases expert or a hepatologist. This may or may not require treatment, and there are new agents available with which to manage this. Go and get seen and assessed before severe liver damage occurs. Good luck. Read more...