I recently finished the Epclusa treatment and was wondering if there were any long term side effects from the medicine that i wasn't aware of. I had a horrible headache the first couple weeks but I feel fine now, I think. I've had the virus since 1977 and just found out a couple years ago. The doctor told me that besides having the virus I was healthy and said I would be fine if I waited for the pill Epclusa instead of doing the horrible shots. My liver was at like maybe stage 1 cirrhosis and just before they approved me for the medicine they told me I have stage 4 cirrhosis. If I knew that this was going to happen I definitely would have just done the interferon shots! I am not ready to die just yet! What does stage 4 cirrhosis mean. Like do I only have a little time left on this planet or is there a way for my liver to work well enough for me to live many more years? Just wondering. They say the tests are new so they aren't really are of the diagnosis but its stage 3or4. They think a liver biopsy is invasive and not really necessary but I feel that may be the only way to get a better idea and kinda know for sure. I just wonder how my liver went from stage 1 to stage 4 in a couple years. I haven't drank in 15 years. Had the virus for about 40 years and when they did the biopsy a couple years ago it was only a little damaged. So I don't know. If anyome has any information about all this I would be so grateful for your in put . thank you and god bless.
Dear mumzy420; First you are worrying too much. With cirrhosis of the Liver, the numbers do change very fast in some people as you know there are many different treatments now that were not available just a few years ago. Many reasons could have given you a reading of 1 depending on where they got the Biopsy as you know they are learning more and more on Hep C all the time. The most important are follow the clinic order to the T. did you get all of your blood tests and make all your appointments. How long before your blood test read nondetectable? Most people hit that in 3 to 4 weeks or very close anyway. But if you follow the doctor's orders as far as going in and being tested at the right times to make sure there are no problems and very few have problems as long as you don't Drink or any Drugs you could live as long as anybody else. You are in fantastic shape please don't worry yourself and you well start to feel better very soon this is just the hangover effect that really very few people have for very long. And it could help to continue to drink extra water. IF you would feel better make an appointment with the office and ask these questions but you really have very little to worry about. This new medication is a GODSEND for so many people. And one other remark you made had you known you could jump from 1 to 4 so fast you would have used the interferon shots. ( THANK GOD YOU DID NOT!!! MOST OF ALL THE PATIENTS THAT USED THOSE SHOT, aND THE PILLS THAT WENT WITH THEM. That did not work and if you used those shots this new medication has a high percent of not working for those patients as well as it does now. So you are a very lucky person.
Now if you would like to call your office and ask to speak to one of the nurses that you are through treatment and want to know a few thing like if your to look for anything. Are there types of medicine that you should be careful about taking if a doctor prescribes to you. And how often do you have to come in now to be rechecked. Trust me you are a very lucky person. You well be fine. Chuck1957 feel free to write back and let me know what you have been told.
- Epclusa Information for Consumers
- Epclusa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Epclusa (detailed)
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