living with chronic hepatitis B infection should expect to see a liver specialist or health care provider regularly, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, and eating healthy foods. There are also approved drugs that control the hepatitis B virus, which helps reduce the risk of developing more serious liver disease.
Current treatments for hepatitis B fall into two general categories:
Immune modulator Drugs – These are interferon-type drugs that boost the immune system to help get rid of the hepatitis B virus. They are given as a shot (similar to how insulin is given to people with diabetes) over 6 months to 1 year.
Antiviral Drugs – These are drugs that stop or slow down the hepatitis B virus from reproducing, which reduces the inflammation and damage of liver. These are taken as a pill once a day for at least 1 year and usually longer.
Current treatments, however, are generally found to be most effective in those who show signs of active liver disease (e.g. through a physical exam, blood tests and imaging studies such as an ultrasound).
It is very important to be regularly seen by a liver specialist or a health care provider who is knowledgeable about hepatitis B. The standard recommendation is every 3 months, or more often. During these check-up visits, my provider will monitor my health through a physical exam, blood tests and imaging studies (such as an ultrasound, FibroScan [Transient Elastography] or CT scan). The goal of these check-ups is to make sure that I'm staying healthy and to detect any liver problems as early as possible.
Every support you give to me will be use for medication and hospital bills.