There is no specific treatment recommended for acute — short term illness — Hepatitis B; in 95% of adults, the immune system controls the infection and gets rid of the virus within about six months.
In people who develop chronic — long term illness — Hepatitis B, an antiviral medication might be recommended to reduce or reverse liver damage and to prevent long-term complications of Hepatitis B.
Several antiviral medicines are available to treat Hepatitis B effectively. Not all people with Hepatitis B need immediate treatment. If you do not start treatment immediately, you will be monitored over time to know when hepatitis becomes more active (meaning that antiviral treatment should begin).
Once you start treatment, you will have regular monitoring to see how well the treatment is working, monitor for side effects, drug resistance, and adherence to treatment. In most patients antiviral medications need to be provided indefinitely.