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Category: Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

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What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a chronic infection caused by a virus in the liver and has a significant impact on a person’s lifestyle. If went untreated, it becomes dangerous and can cause serious health problems such as liver failure, cancer, or more. In most cases fortunately, it is reported that adults fully recover from Hepatitis B by taking appropriate treatment.

According to health care advisors Hepatitis B can be managed with medication or treatment at an early stage. Proper treatment can helps stop the spread of the virus inside the body and minimize symptoms.

Some of the common signs that appear when the Hepatitis B virus attacks the body are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness or muscle fatigue
  • Jaundice (yellowing of skin and the eyes)

If any of these symptoms are present in an individual, it is suggested to consult a doctor to get a thorough examination and diagnosis.

Approved Hepatitis B Drugs for Adults (United States)

In the United States, there are seven drugs that are approved and proven to be an effective treatment for Hepatitis B in adults. According to the patients’ medical history or status, the health advisor determines the appropriate dosage and use. The medication treatments are usually prescribed for a duration of six months to one-year period to fully recover from the infection. The drugs are not suggested to take without a doctor’s prescription or supervision.

Drugs that are approved to treat Hepatitis B for adults are:

  • Tenofovir
  • Tenofovir Alafenamide
  • Entecavir
  • Adefovir Dipivoxil
  • Telbivudine
  • Lamivudine
  • Pegylated Interferon
  • Interferon Alpha

All the above are oral medications aside from Pegylated Interferon and Interferon Alpha. These two are usually injected inside the body according to the person’s condition and requirement to treat the virus.

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