Hepatitis Health Topics

Featured Conditions and Diseases
In a person who has autoimmune hepatitis, the body's immune system attacks liver cells. This part of the eMedTV archives provides information on who this disease affects, its common symptoms, and how it may be diagnosed and treated.
The majority of people with hepatitis C do not have early symptoms. As explained in this eMedTV segment, for those people who do have early signs and symptoms of hep C, they may include things such as fatigue, nausea, jaundice, and fever.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus. This segment of the eMedTV archives takes an in-depth look at the condition, including transmission methods, the contagious period, possible symptoms, treatment options, and more.
Hepatitis B is a liver disease that is caused by a virus. This portion of the eMedTV library takes a closer look at this form of hepatitis, including how it is spread, possible symptoms, treatment options, and more.
Hepatitis D is a disease of the liver that can cause joint pain, dark urine, nausea, and other symptoms. This eMedTV page gives an overview of this disease, noting how it's spread and how it can be treated.
Hepatitis E, a liver disease most often seen in young-to-middle-aged adults, can cause diarrhea and nausea. This eMedTV page lists other possible symptoms (like fatigue), and also covers the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this disease.
Viral hepatitis is liver inflammation caused by a virus. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at the various forms of hepatitis -- hepatitis A, B, C, D, and others -- including information on treatment, prevention, diagnosis, and more.
Featured Medications
Boceprevir, a prescription drug, is used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. This part of the eMedTV site discusses this protease inhibitor in more detail, including how it works, what to expect, and the other medications it must be taken with.
Given as a series of injections, Engerix-B is a vaccine used to prevent hepatitis B. This eMedTV selection gives an overview of this product, including detailed information on its dosing guidelines, side effects, warnings, and more.
Epivir is a prescription medicine that is licensed to treat chronic hepatitis B and HIV or AIDS. This eMedTV page explains how Epivir works for these conditions and offers an in-depth look at its effects, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
The vaccine Havrix can be used to provide protection against hepatitis A. This eMedTV segment explains how this medication works, when and how it is used, possible side effects to be aware of, and more.
The hepatitis A vaccine is given as a series of two injections and can protect a person for up to 20 years. This eMedTV page offers detailed information on who should and should not receive the vaccine. A sample vaccination schedule is also included.
Getting the hepatitis B vaccine is the best way to prevent the disease. This eMedTV Web page explains who should and shouldn't get the vaccine, as well as the typical vaccination schedule for adults and children.
Available by prescription only, peginterferon alfa-2a is used to treat chronic hepatitis B and C infections. This eMedTV page describes how this drug works, offers general dosing instructions on how to use the injections, and lists potential side effects.
An injected vaccine, Recombivax HB is used to prevent hepatitis B. This article from the eMedTV Web library provides an in-depth overview of this product, including how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Sofosbuvir can be used in combination with other medications to treat chronic hepatitis C infections. This eMedTV page presents an overview of this prescription medicine, including when it is used, how it works, side effects, and links to more details.
Available by prescription only, telaprevir is used to treat chronic hepatitis C infections. This eMedTV article explains how this medicine works to prevent the virus from multiplying, offers general dosing information, and lists potential side effects.
Tyzeka is a drug licensed to help slow down the spread of the hepatitis B virus in certain people. This eMedTV Web selection contains more details on this medicine, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, potential side effects, and more.
Featured Germs
The hepatitis A virus is an RNA virus that causes hepatitis A in humans. As this eMedTV page explains, the virus is often transmitted through a "fecal-oral route." Possible symptoms and the likelihood of contracting the disease are also discussed.
As the name implies, the hepatitis B virus is the organism responsible for hepatitis B. This page on the eMedTV Web site provides additional information about this virus, including how it is spread and its possible symptoms and complications.
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