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Does a HBV patient need life long treatment of interferon?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
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In brief: Interferon is finite

Interferon is used for a specific period of time (decided upon by your hepatologist and you) and works better for some types of hbv over others.
The hope is that , if it works, interferon clears the infection (done). Other medications like lamivudine, adefovir, entecavir, tenofovir and telbivudine need to be continued at this point lifelong. Resistance can occur & there are long term toxicities.

In brief: Interferon is finite

Interferon is used for a specific period of time (decided upon by your hepatologist and you) and works better for some types of hbv over others.
The hope is that , if it works, interferon clears the infection (done). Other medications like lamivudine, adefovir, entecavir, tenofovir and telbivudine need to be continued at this point lifelong. Resistance can occur & there are long term toxicities.
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