Q: Is Hepatitis B curable?
No, Hepatitis B is not curable in most cases. A small percentage of patients get cured completely
But it is not a cause to worry because high quality and effective medicines like Entecavir are available, which can control the disease and will not allow the virus to multiply. Low viral load means less damage to you and less chances of transmitting the disease...
Once your viral load is under control for some time, you can also stop the treatment and live a healthy life
Periodic visits to the doctor and blood tests are required
Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through blood or body fluids while having sex or during baby birth, etc. Hence, it is advised to use effective forms of protection while having sex or during delivery
Importantly, a vaccine is available and it should be given to the people living near and around the patient, which will reduce their chances of contracting the infection drastically
Q: What else should I know before taking Entecavir?
Entecavir is a very effective medicine if you are taking it for the first time. It controls the infection well and does not allow the virus to multiply
Entecavir is also a safe medicine and can be taken for long periods without any unwanted effects
Lactic acidosis (increased levels of lactic acid in the blood) is a rare problem causing stomach pain, vomiting, and occurs commonly in overweight women. Be careful if this applies to you
Some medicines are used to treat both HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B infections interchangeably
Remember not to use Entecavir for any condition other than Hepatitis B, under medical supervision
This medicine should not be used in children below 2 years of age