TreatmentThere are no specific medicines that can cure acute hepatitis D. Therefore, treatment for the acute type is focused on dealing with any symptoms or complications that may occur. This is known as supportive care. Even without specialized treatment for the acute form, most people recover completely within a few months.
There are no approved drugs to treat a chronic hepatitis D infection. There is some indication that certain medicines used to treat hepatitis B may be effective against hepatitis D. These medicines can include alpha interferon and pegylated alpha interferon.
For people with severe liver disease caused by hepatitis D, liver transplantation has been shown to be effective.
(Click Hepatitis D Treatment for more information about how it is treated, including some ways to stay healthy.)
Preventing Hepatitis DThe best cure for hepatitis D is preventing it in the first place. Prevention is best accomplished with the hepatitis B vaccine. Avoiding high-risk situations, such as unprotected sex, can also help prevent hepatitis D.
(Click Hepatitis D Prevention for more information about preventing hepatitis D.)