I have taking Baraclude for 14 months, previoulsy my blood result showns Hep BE Antigen negative, 0.0901 meanwhile Hep BE Ab showns positive, 0.028. My doctor advised me to continus taking for another 2 years but yesterday my blood results indicate that my Hep Be Antigenn back to Positive, 23.28 and Hep Be Ab positive, 0.269. What does this mean? Is it virus is resistant with Baraclude? Should I continue and is there any change for it to back to zero conversion?
it means entecavir is losing efficacy but for resistance we need the following:
1 log hbvdna rise
hbcab Igm higher than 0.2s/co
mutation genome test
but i wouldn t wait for 100% security of resistance add nitazoxanide as soon as possible, it is effective also on hbv mutated strains and after 4 weeks add tenofovir and slowly discontinue entecavir or keep combo of both
did you have previous resistance or used antivirals before etv?is hbvdna und?
i am also on etv but added ntz at 4th month since hbv dna still detectable, i would never risk monotherapy
ntz even monotherapy on hbe neg and hbeab pos makes hbvdna und in 2-3 weeks
also note that tenofovir has no resistance detected in about 4 years so much more safe than entecavir
tenofovir is safer because no resistance has been detected until now, 4 years, all the other antivirals start with resistance from less than 1 year especially if hbvdna is not und by 6 months
entecavir has 0.2% from first year and 1.2% at 3 years, tenofovir 0% even if hbvdna is still high-it is very probable that no resistance will be detected for a lot of time, the reason why this happens is not known.
entecavir in case of lam resistance has very high resistance in a short time, much more than 40% 3 years and more than 50% 5 years
unfortunately guidelines have made this clear only in 2009/2010 so many people with poor medicine culture, and who trusted docotors not expert enough, have got damaged.
in anycase whenever possible and if not uncompensated cirrhosis or severe damaged liver, it is better to try immune modulators first (interferon, nitazoxanide) before being slave to these antivirals for life
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