I was recently diagnosed with acute hepatitis B , about a month ago. My doctor prescribed me Viread 300 mg once per day and i have been taking these for about 3 weeks now and it seems like the symptoms are getting worse. I am very weak , cold sweats and light-headed. I have researched several sites about Hepatitis B and most of all them say that medication is usually not prescribed for acute hepatitis B , it just has to run its course and hope it doesnt turn to chronic. I guess my question/concern is , Could it be the medicine that is causing these symptoms or does the infection usually last this long? Any comments about this infection or medication would be greatly appreciated.
Acute hepatitis B usually subsides two to three weeks after symptoms appear, and the liver function usually returns to normal within 16 weeks, and does not require medical treatment.
If very severe, symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea are present, the affected person may require symptomatic treatment to restore fluids and electrolytes. There are no medications that can prevent acute hepatitis B from becoming chronic.
People acutely infected with HBV can spread the virus to others through sexual contact, or contact with their blood or bodily fluids. Hence you should use protection while your partner is positive for Hepatitis B.
Acute hepatitis B patients recover completely within six months and develop antibodies that give them a life-long immunity. Once repeat tests indicate absence of HbSAg, and Presence of Antibodies to HbSAg in the body, it would be a indicator that a person is acquired immunity to Hepatitis B.
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