What Are the Treatments of Hepatitis B?

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Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It can cause scarring of the organ, liver failure, and cancer. It can be fatal if it isn’t treated. There are two types of hepatitis B. One is acute hepatitis B and the other is chronic. Here are the treatments for each type. Treatment for acute hepatitis B Acute hepatitis B infection only last a short time and it will go away on its own. In mild cases, you may need
  • rest
  • proper nutrition
  • plenty of fluids
In severe cases, you may need
  • antiviral drugs
  • a hospital stay
Treatment for chronic hepatitis B infection Chronic hepatitis B infection need treatment for a rather long time, maybe the rest of patient’s life. Treatment for chronic hepatitis B may include:
  • Antiviral medications. Antiviral medications like entecavir (Baraclude), tenofovir (Viread), lamivudine (Epivir), adefovir (Hepsera) and telbivudine (Tyzeka) can fight the virus and slow its ability to damage your liver. These drugs are taken by mouth.
  • Interferon injections. Interferon alfa-2b (Intron A) is a man-made version of a substance produced by the body to fight infection. It's used mainly for young people with hepatitis B who wish to avoid long-term treatment or women who might want to get pregnant within a few years, after completing a finite course of therapy. Interferon should not be used during pregnancy. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing and depression.
  • Liver transplant. If your liver has been severely damaged, a liver transplant may be an option. During a liver transplant, the surgeon removes your damaged liver and replaces it with a healthy liver.
Please talk to your doctor to choose a most suitable treatment for you. Keywords: hepatitis b treatment; treatments hepatitis b