Which medications in the drug class Vaccines, Inactivated, Viral are used in the treatment of Hepatitis B?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Vaccines, Inactivated, Viral

Stimulates active immunity by developing antibodies to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg).

Hepatitis b vaccine (Engerix B, Heplisav-B, Recombivax HB)

Hepatitis B vaccines are recommended by the CDC for at-risk adults who seek protection from HBV infection. Newborns should receive the vaccine within 24 hours of birth to HBsAg–negative mothers and within 12-h for HBsAg–positive mothers. Childhood catch-up and adolescent immunization schedules are also defined if a child did not receive the vaccine at birth. The vaccines are available as either a 3-dose regimen over 6 months (Engerix B, Recombivax HB) or a 2-dose regimen over 1 month (Heplisav-B is only for adults).

Hepatitis A/B vaccine (Twinrix)

Confers antibodies to HAV and HBV. It is indicated for active immunization against disease caused by hepatitis A virus and infection by all known subtypes of hepatitis B virus in adults aged 18 years or older.


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