The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Lamivudine and pegalated interferon for Hep B
Apr 22, 2001

My doctor and I are considering putting me on pegylated interferon and Lamivudine to treat my chronic active/persistent Hep B of eleven years. I just found out this year that I've developed HBeAb. I'm still HBeAg + and my viral load is finally detected. We're aware that pegalated interferon is approved for Hep C only. I would appreciate very much your comment or reference as to where I can find any information (if any now) about whether or not Hep B can be treated with these two drugs and at what dosage of the peg interferon.


Response from Dr. Dieterich

There is no data yet on that combination for hepatitis B, but it is being studied. The dose of peg interferon alfa 2b is 1.5 mcg/kg just like hep C. It depends on how much HBV DNA you have and what your liver biopsy looks like before I would treat. However in general I think that the combination will be superior to lamivudine monotherapy. Good luck!

Hep C Symptoms
Zerit, Hep b &wasting

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint