What are the chances of success?
Treatment for Hepatitis B will not cure the virus. The aim is to control the disease so that it does not damage the liver by trying to reduce the amount of virus in your blood (viral load) to undetectable levels. The more of the virus in your blood the more likely you are to develop complications. Treatment is more likely to be successful if you ensure that you do not miss doses of your medication. It is very important to take your medication on time as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss doses there is a greater likelihood that the virus will develop resistance to the anti-viral drugs.
The Hepatitis B virus is a problem for scientists because it is good at developing a resistance to anti-viral drugs. Therefore your treatment may stop working well. If this happens your doctor may change your treatment and try other drugs.
If you are prescribed Pegylated Interferon Alfa the virus cannot develop a resistance to it, however not everybody responds to this treatment.
Monitoring the virus
It is important that you attend regular appointments for tests to monitor how the virus is responding to treatment. These tests will monitor the amount of the virus in your body, check whether the virus is active (attacking the liver) or inactive (isn’t causing any damage) and will test your liver for signs of damage. You will also be monitored for side effects caused by the treatment. Seek help and support for any side effects you are experiencing.