I'm have almost completed my Harvoni treatment. I'm worried because I was only given an 8 week supply. I have not found any information regarding the success rate for that length of treatment.
I am only on an 8 week supply. And my 30 day follow up and blood work is scheduled for the 24th this month. But my Doctor explained I had never had treatment before and I was a prime candidate for only 8 weeks. Wishing u the best. Try not to worry all should and hopefully will be well. If after 4 weeks ur blood work comes back neg for the Hep C. They want to keep treating u for another 4 weeks to insure stability of the treatment.
I was also approved for 8 wks. I did my 4 wk blood work last week and I go tomorrow to get my results if I'm cleared. I don't know if I'll have to do 12 wks or not. On my 5th wk now. I've felt pretty good thru the whole thing so far other than some bloating and gas this past week. I think it may be due to taking it with milk so I stopped that and I'm also taking probiotics for my stomach. I think it helps a lot. I'll let you know tomorrow what the Dr says on my blood work. Oh my last blood work at 2 wks showed I was a little low on white cells and platelets but I guess that's normal!!!
I am 50 and have had hep-c for 40 of my years. I am also on the 8 week treatment for now.that may change.
I was treated with interferon fo 3 months about 20 years ago with no response. I did the peg and ribovirin about 8 years ago and got so sick had to stop treatment at 4 weeks it did lower my viral load. my VL was 9 mil. 2 months ago I am at 5 weeks now waiting to get blood work back. i know i should be treated for 12 weeks but Insurance is being hard about it. My liver is in great shape so the Doc says 8 weeks should be enough.
Please let us know how it works out for you long term. I will also be posting for at least 2 years after treatment ends.
Good Luck My Prayers are with you
I also finished my 8 week Harvoni. I am doing amazing. Keep drinking lots of water for atleast the next week. Maybe not as much as u were during treatment, but still stay hydrated. My tests have all come back clean and clear. No more Hep C. If you have never had treatment before and your liver isn't in duress, then the 8 wk treatment plan was the best choice for u. Trust ur doc with this one! And good luck to ya. Keep us posted on anything new!
Ok guys, after weeks of delay , I finally made it in to see my heptologist last week. I expressed my concerns regarding only taking Harvoni for eight weeks. After all , I've had Hep C for over half my life. I'm so thankful to tell you all that I am free of hepatitis. Fir those still fighting , keep your faith!
I also was given 8 weeks, but my GE requested another month and was able to get 2 more weeks, so a total of 10 weeks. The virus was gone after the second month and as far as I know is still gone (more than a year later).
There was research done on this and Gilead mentions in the circular that this was an option for those with lower viral load counts (less than 6 million units, I believe).
I think the important thing is that you establish that you are completely viral free (what they call sustained viral response--nothing detectable). If you remain free of the virus at month three that would be very reassuring.
Actually, I had my first test at about 3.5 weeks and there was a detectable but too small to measure amount-- unmeasureable (less than 15 units), and then undetectable at month 2 and 3, and then in subsequent tests.
You can check to see you were given the 8 weeks based on having a low viral load, which would make sense. If you can make it to 3 months without detection, and then followup at 6 months and a year everything should be ok. Good luck and I hope you have licked it!
P.S. Doctors could be doing a better job of keeping the patient informed. For me it was just take the drug, do the test and not much discussion. I actually had a lot of questions, such as what is the state of my liver now? Will it recover from the fibrosis? etc.
So I was on an 8 wk regimen and I am cured. It all depends on the damage to ur liver and if u have ever had treatment before. A lot of things factor into the length of time u have to take Harvoni. Trust ur Dr. and also voice any concerns or questions. Ur Dr. will be able to explain it all in detail and put ur mind at ease. Good luck and my only advise is to DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. It helps to move the medication through ur systems and minimizes ur side effects. Dehydration causes headaches. Harvoini is a powerful drug and the water helps more than u know. Good luck Chris!
Hello all I started my treatment on February 10th 2016 and on week two of my treatment the Hep-C virus has been Non- dected . It has been eight months and recently had labs done and it's still non-dected so my doctor want to see me back on February 10th 2017 for a followup . I've been feel really great since my treat and pray that it's still non-dectable . My prayers are with all you guys and ladies that is going through the treatment now . As always stay Harvoni Strong ...
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