Treatment for hepatitis B


Just diagnosed


There is no known cure for chronic hepatitis B. It can be controlled, either by your immune system or with treatment. Treatment is with a daily medicine. Usually you will need to keep taking it for the long term.

Not everyone with a hepatitis B infection needs treatment. How your case is managed depends on:

  • whether the infection is acute or chronic
  • how active the virus is
  • whether your liver is damaged
  • if you are at risk of developing serious liver disease for other reasons

Hepatitis B can lead to serious liver damage, called cirrhosis. If you have cirrhosis, treating the virus can often reverse some of this damage. You might need to have extra tests at some of your regular check-ups. Read more about cirrhosis and how it is managed .

Some people with chronic hepatitis B should have a check for liver cancer every 6 months. This is called surveillance. It aims to find any liver cancer at an early stage when it can usually be cured.

Your doctor and the rest of your care team are there to help you. You can get in touch with them at any time to ask questions. For example, if you want to start a family.


On this page:

How is acute hepatitis B treated

Controlling chronic hepatitis B

Antiviral treatment with a nucleoside or nucleotide analogue

Treatment with interferon

Tests and check-ups for people not being treated

ALT flares

Support for you