I completed my 12 week treatment just 3 days ago. But still have that insomnia and fatigue. I figure that the insomnia is adding to the fatigue and also really don't expect them to go away in just 3 days. But would be nice to know if there is a predicted time when the side effects should wear off after you stop taking the Harvoni ?
Harvoni - How long do the side effects take to wear off?
Question posted by artist88 on 8 March 2015
Last updated on 10 February 2018 by Heppy
I don't want to sound like an ass but, the good news is that it is mostly in your head. I was foggy for 12 weeks. It goes away as fast as you want it to. A few days to a week is the drug leaving your body, the rest is mostly on you. Congratulations to you!
In addition to Balbanes reply a good probiotic will help alot. It certainly worked for me. The medications really mess with your gut (2nd brain) balance. Your gut and brain are connected. Stay away from chocolate too. It has caffeine and ot
her chemicals that mess with your sleep.
I was on Harvoni for the full 12 weeks, and only seemed to experience exhaustion. That lasted a good 3 months after, and have been cleared of Hep C since May of 2011. I made sure during and after, to keep the fluid intake-and the eating issues steady. It did affect my appetite (now that I think about it), and I had to force myself to eat regularly. The side effects are worth the wait, and if I were really to look back-it might have been nearly 6 months until I felt totally myself again. Very thankful here.
I guess it depends on how severe your liver was. I did not drink for over 10 so my liver had very little damage done. Today is my last pill of Harvoni
I felt foggy for a couple of weeks. My PA was telling me that it should only be a few days. Congrats!
It has been 1 year for me since I took Harvoni. I experienced similar side effects and after I finished the side effects lingered so I upped my dose of good quality fish oil to 2 ,2x a days for a while and started taking a high quality pro biotic and it made it all go away. I also take glucosamine and chondroitin and I feel great and sleep well. When I have insomnia now it is usually because I have forgotten my sublingal b12 which helps the body to produce melatonin. I also take melatonin 3mgs. and magnesium before bed and I sleep pretty good. Hope this helps.
Just wanted to add my experience... I am now six weeks post treatment. I experienced headaches and some fatigue while taking Harvoni (12 week course), but it was tolerable. Now, though, I have extreme fatigue, foggy brain, and joint pain. I feel worse than before treatment. I had mild disease for 35+ years. Acquired in the military. Hope this fatigue doesn't last long.
i am just over a year post treatment. i feel better than i have for 20 years. very thankful for the treatment. prior to treatment it was difficult i was always weak and tired. now im playing catch up with my retirement account. because now i know i will need it. hang in there it gets better.
I finished 24 weeks of Harvoni in December of 2016. I am just now getting over after effects. Have heard from others that it can take a year or longer as well.
My wife took harvoni for 90 days complained about being doged out for about a month .6 months later she is hard to keep up with. I cant believe the diferance .I ve been told the liver can completly regenerate in that time . A wonder drug really.
For some people there are no long term side effects. But for people like myself they have still not left completely. I finished a 12 week treatment with Harvoni in July... hang in there and I do hope you get to feeling better. Do as much detoxing as you can to clean out your system of the toxins of the drugs.
I am right at 12 weeks post treatment. The only thing that I am still experiencing symptom wise is joint pain that is almost unbearable. I have heard it takes anywhere from a week to several weeks for harvoni to completely get out of your system.
Good luck and may we both be cured from enduring this drug and it's many side effects. You should be feeling a little better each day.
I am 12 weeks post Harvoni treatment and have severe pain in my joints and low back like never before. It came on during treatment and is not going away.
anyone else having joint pain from this medication?
3 more days on harvoni, this has been a good adventure no side affects. Worked the 8 weeks had energy to walk and any things else I needed to do.Drink a lot of water and tried to watch my diet. Took harvoni in the afternoon about 6 o'clock everyday.Go do my blood work in about a week Good luck on all the people just starting the treatment.
Finished my 12 week treatment May 19/2016. By the end of July I can honestly say I felt 100%. I am no expert, but I guess depending how sick you were with Hep C [ I was feeling no symptoms when I started treatment, had done the Interferon/Riboviron treatment twice however] you can expect it to take awhile to bounce back to normal. I will say I feel better now than I did prior to taking Harvoni. A month ago I was questioning whether I had made the right choice taking Harvoni.
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