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    yarukhel posted:
    My brother who is about 78 yrs at the moment has been suffering from Hepatitis B for the last about 12 yrs. Since then he has been through various treatments. His LFT became normal and he felt much better about 2 years back as a result of Baraclude medicine after which he stopped taking this medicine on Doctor's advice. Now suddenly, his LFT became highly abnormal. He is feeling pretty unwell also. Ultra sound did not show liver as too bad.On Doctor's advice, he has started Baraclude again. Is this the best option for him under his present condition? Some friends have alsi advised him to take Chinese medicines in addition to Baraclude. Any experience/ views in this regard?
    billm57 responded:
    ask his dr - some dont recommend tcm while on tx - some might - id wait to see how baraclude works - then try to maintain liver health by complimentary methods - but thats me
    yarukhel replied to billm57's response:
    What does tcm & tx stand for? Any idea about what all complementary methods can be?

    Thanking you
    Melissa Palmer, MD responded:
    It is not advised to discontinue Baraclude or other nucleoside/tide inhibitors used to treat HBV until a patients seroconverts- meaning his HBsAg becomes negative and his HBsAb becomes positive. This is in addition to having a nondetectable HBVDNA and a positive HBeAb and a negative HBeAg. Without these criteria, the chances of what happened to your brother are almost 100%.
    billm57 replied to yarukhel's response:
    tcm = traditional chinese medicine --- tx = treatment

    some examples of complimentary methods include vitamins antioxidants amino acids and minerals - milk thistle licorice root ginger ginseng certain mushrooms are used in oriental medicine - theres many and varied home remedies - some can be harmful in certain cases - most are liver friendly however

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