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Hepititus B

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I have been diagnosed with hepititus b and told i will probably be taking a drug called entecavir, anybody in the medical proffession here or otherwise that can tell me anything about this.

All advice would be very welcome,

Thanks in advance.

James

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There is a lot of information out there: Some of the best, from a patient perspective, is produced by HIV activist groups. This is because these groups are highly organised, very clued in and hepatitis is often a coinfection for people living with HIV (dont worry, though - the converse is not so true).

A few things to bear in mind:

You should always ask your doctor for advice on this sort of thing: People from drug companies are forbidden by law from giving you advice.

On any website, try and work out who is funding it: Dont discount what you read on the basis of the VI, but bear it in mind.

Dont confuse Hep B with any of Hep (A, C etc) of the treatments for those: They are apples and pears, rhinos and tigers.

Much of the info on the web is US based: Treatments are often subtly different in the UK.

OK, so, to two of the best sources of information:

The European Medicines Agency Summary for the Public on Barraclude:

http://www.emea.europa.eu/humandocs/PDFs/E...e/H-623-en1.pdf

One of the more informative patient advocacy groups

http://www.hivandhepatitis.com/

Edit to add: Oh, and good luck: I hope you make a full recovery.

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If you are in London, see Phil Harrison at London Bridge hospital - probably the top hepatology specialist in the UK.

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I have been diagnosed with hepititus b and told i will probably be taking a drug called entecavir, anybody in the medical proffession here or otherwise that can tell me anything about this.

All advice would be very welcome,

Thanks in advance.

James

My Australian mate took this when he was diagnosed with acute hep b. He reckons he got it from a Jap bird he was seeing at the time and riding bareback (silly, silly boy). Hep b and c are rampant in the orient, and yes, even the "good" girls can be carriers :rolleyes: He went as yellow as a banana and had zero energy for about 2 months. Was cured though.

He now makes sure to rubber up no matter how cute the girl is ;)

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