Treatment with medicine usually isn't recommended for people who have acute
hepatitis B. Antiviral medicine may be used for chronic infection if the virus is multiplying. You also may take medicine if you have liver damage, such as
cirrhosis, or could develop it.
Antiviral therapy may not help if you
already have severe liver damage.
The American Association for
the Study of Liver Disease has made
recommendations on who should receive antiviral
treatment for chronic hepatitis B.5
It's important to weigh the benefits of
treatment against the risks. Treatment for chronic hepatitis B doesn't cure
the disease, but it does suppress it.