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    How is hepatitis B treated?

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    One type of treatment is pegylated interferon. This involves weekly injections for up to 48 weeks and may involve side effects. It aims to boost the immune system and make the virus inactive (called remission).

    Another type of treatment involves nucleoside/nucleotide analogues. These tablets work by slowing down the reproduction of the hepatitis B virus and help protect the liver from ongoing damage. These tablets are taken on a long-term basis and should only be stopped on medical advice.

    (source: Hepatitis B: what you need to know. Hepatitis Australia, not dated)

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