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Hepatitis B: The goal of hepatitis B treatment is to stop liver damage by preventing the virus from spreading. There are now five drugs approved for use in hepatitis B: interferon alpha, pegylated interferon, lamivudine, adefovir, and entecavir. Each has pros and cons that you should discuss with your doctor. If you develop significant liver damage from hepatitis B, a liver transplant may be necessary.

Trichomoniasis: Infection by this organism is treated with the drug metronidazole, and the cure rate is about 90%. The drug is usually taken orally, but women in their first three months of pregnancy may be prescribed a cream or suppository to insert into the vagina. If this is ineffective, they can be given metronidazole pills to take in the second or third trimesters.

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Reviewed by Mikio A. Nihira, MD on August 19, 2012
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