Hepatitis B

Information about Hepatitis B

Hepatitis b uses

Hepatitis B is used to prevent chronic hepatitis b virus (hbv) infection.

How hepatitis b works

Hepatitis b is a vaccine.It helps develop immunity by initiating a mild infection. This type of infection does not cause illness, but it does stimulate the body's immune system to produce antibodies to protect against any future infections.

Common side effects of hepatitis b

Neuropathy, Pain, Paralysis, Abdominal pain, Anaphylactic reaction, Angioedema (swelling of deeper layers of skin), Convulsion, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Fatigue, Fever, Headache, Decreased blood pressure, Itching, Feeling of discomfort, Meningitis, Muscle pain, Nausea, Rash, Skin redness, Vomiting, Weakness.

Available Medicine for Hepatitis B

  • ₹55 to ₹821
    Serum Institute Of India Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹5000
    Samarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹53 to ₹232
    Indian Immunologicals Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹180
    Bharat Biotech
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹113 to ₹301
    Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹52
    Bharat Biotech
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹106
    Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹100
    Cipla Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹6000
    Reliance Life Sciences
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹840
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice for Hepatitis B

  • Inform your doctor before taking the vaccine if you have a weakened immune system due to cancer, use of anti-cancer drugs, dialysis or HIV infection.
  • Inform your doctor before taking the vaccine if you are old, obese or if you smoke.
  • Tell your doctor if you fainted during earlier vaccination with hepatitis B or if you have problems with blood clotting or if you have hepatitis B infection or live in an area prone to hepatitis B infection.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery as the vaccine may make you feel dizzy.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to hepatitis B or any other vaccines or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if having fever.

Frequently asked questions for Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

Q. Is hepatitis B infection curable?
No. In most cases, the symptoms of hepatitis B infection is resolved within 4-8 weeks but person remain infected for lifetime. In some cases, however, symptoms may persist for a longer time (chronic infection)
Q. Is hepatitis B infection fatal or life-threatening?
Yes. Hepatitis B infection symptoms, if present for a longer time, may cause chronic infection, liver cirrhosis or liver cancer
Q. Is hepatitis B infection contagious?
Yes. Hepatitis B virus infection is contagious
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Q. Does it spread through saliva or sharing of food?
Spreads through contact with the body fluids including saliva, blood, semen etc. of the infected person
Q. Does hepatitis B vaccine cause fever?
Mild fever may occur after hepatitis B vaccine administration. Contact your doctor if your fever worsens or does not go away.

Content on this page was last updated on 03 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)