Hepatitis B Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Hepatitis B
The symptoms can be treated with medication. If you have an uncomplicated case, you can expect to recover completely.
If you have chronic hepatitis B, you may be treated with medication. This will help to reduce the activity of the virus. It can also prevent liver failure.
- Interferon alfa-2b (Intron A) injection
- Lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) oral medication
- Adefovir (Hepsera) oral medication
- Entecavir (Baraclude) oral medication
If you have chronic hepatitis B, you should avoid anything that can further injure the liver, including:
- Certain medications, dietary supplements, and herbs (discuss them with your doctor before taking)
To prevent spreading infection to others if you have chronic hepatitis B:
- Tell your doctors, dentists, and sexual partner(s) that you have hepatitis B
- Do not donate blood or organs for transplant.
- Discussing your hepatitis B status with your doctor during pregnancy or before becoming pregnant to insure the baby receives treatment