At this time, there is no permanent cure for chronic hepatitis B infection. Without proper treatment, 1 in 4 people with this condition will eventually develop fatal liver disease.
Fortunately, chronic hepatitis B is now treatable with several medications to control the virus. Along with good health practices (such as avoidance of alcohol and illicit drug use), treatment with daily antiviral medications can reduce the risk of further liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver failure, liver cancer, and most importantly, premature death.
The choice of the medication depends on the patient’s condition and the doctor.
The following medications are available as pills:
Lamivudine (Epivir HBV™)
Telbivudine (Tyzeka™) and
For injection treatment, there are:
Interferon alfa-2b (Intron A™ or Rogeron A™) and
Peginterferon alfa-2b (PEG-Intron™ or Pegasys™).
Some useful links for hepatitis B treatment drug information at
Medline Plus (Trusted Health Information for You).