HBV Facts. These fact sheets are multi-page fact sheets on various issues that provide more in-depth information about Hepatitis B.
- General Information
- Diagnostic Tests
- Disease Management
- Education Support
- Transmission Prevention
Help with Medicines
Some of the medicines to treat hepatitis B (HBV for short) are expensive. Even if you have medical insurance it may be difficult to come up with the money for the co-payment fee. If you do not have insurance it can be even more difficult.
Hepatitis B Treatment
Not everyone who is infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) always needs treatment. Doctors generally recommend treatment only if the virus is damaging your liver. There are two types of drugs available to lower amount of the hepatitis B virus in your blood and help reduce liver damage.
Sometimes the way to become healthier is by taking medications. If your doctor prescribes a medication there are many things you should know before starting a new drug. If you cannot afford the medicine, tell your doctor – some doctors have free samples. Some drug companies offer free or low-cost drugs if you qualify. Some medications cost less than others.
Taking HBV Medicines
There are two types of medicines used to treat chronic or long-term hepatitis B (HBV for short) – antiviral pills that work by blocking the hepatitis B virus from making more copies of itself (replicating), and interferon, which boosts the immune system to help fight HBV.
What Are Antivirals?
If your liver is damaged by hepatitis B (HBV), your doctor may treat you with an antiviral medicine to stop HBV from making more copies of itself (replicating). Unfortunately, antivirals stop HBV from replicating for only as long as you are taking hepatitis B medications. HBV can also become resistant – that is the virus can mutate and escape from a particular medication over time.