How Long Does Sebivo Therapy In Hepatitis B Sufferers?
I was diagnosed with hepatitis B, after checking for HBVNA et al, then I was treated for sebivo, after 6 months of sebivo consumption, I checked for HBVNA again and the results were not detected, but the doctor suggested to continue sebivo therapy for another 6 months. And now it’s been 10 months since I took sebivo. My question is, can I stop taking this medicine beforehand? Given that hbvdna has not been detected. And because of my financial condition, I can’t afford to buy anymore because the price is quite expensive. Please help answer … thank you very much.
Hello Amelicious, Thank you for the question.
Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver cells caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can be divided into acute hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis B. Chronic hepatitis B can endanger the sufferer if not treated immediately because it can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, and liver failure.
To diagnose hepatitis B, a number of blood tests are usually required. Initial blood tests are carried out in the form of blood tests to determine liver function, examination of virus particles (hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg), and examination of antibodies / immune substances against these virus particles (antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen / anti-HBsAg). shows the presence of virus particles in the blood (HBsAg positive), the doctor will suggest further tests such as hepatitis B core antigen (HbcAg) and virus count (HBV-DNA).
Sebivo is a trademark of a drug containing the anti-viral telbivudine used to treat chronic hepatitis B. The optimal duration of use of the drug is unknown. Usually the doctor will suggest the length of time to use this drug according to the results of other blood tests, not only based on the results of the HBV-DNA test. This drug is used for a long period of time, usually ranging from 6 months to several years. You should not stop using this drug without advice from your internal medicine specialist. Please consult your doctor about medication considerations. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor if you have any further questions.
Hope this information is helpful.