... after being off for 5 days. Is there any known withdrawal? Or, is it possible that since I was on an antiviral for 12 weeks that I'm more susceptible to catching the flu or other viruses? I'm also "moody" and lethargic. I'm so grateful I was clear of the Hepatitis after 3 weeks! I hope and pray I start to get some more energy.
Did some research on your drug:
Common side effects of Epclusa include:
Other side effects of Epclusa include:
Other less common side effects of Epclusa include:
Increased blood levels of lipase
Increased blood levels of creatinine kinase
Increased blood levels of indirect bilirubin
Possible serious side effects include:
There is an increased risk of low heart rate (bradycardia) when Epclusa is combined with amiodarone (Cordarone)
From what I read the are likely no withdrawal symptoms from this med.
Hope this helps!!
I just finished 12 weeks of epclusa 9 days ago and started having flu like symptoms for the past 4-5 days. I get the chills and my whole body aches but no fever or other symptoms. Tried to find out if this is normal but couldn't find anything except for side effects while you are taking it.
I completed mine 6 days ago and feel the same. I had depression, tinnitus (ear ringing) and bad acid reflux during the treatment but now I’ve stopped the ear ringing is 10 times worse, I have aches and pains all over my body and I’m weak and very tired. It feels like the flu x10. So maybe there is a period of physical withdrawal after stopping. The medication is so new that the company and doctors don’t seem to know a lot about it, I was old fatigue would be the only side effect I could possibly get lol
I have only just finished epclusa 2 days ago. I woke at 3 o'clock in the morning wondering what's going on because here I am going through definite withdrawal symptoms. I was aware of the possibility of some side effects from taking the drug but research indicated that our bodies would adjust and these effects would lessen, which they did.
The fact that our bodies adjust to the drug should have made us aware that there would also be withdrawal symptoms. There was no mention of this in Gilead's (epclusa's manufacturer) list of side effects.
Any way I started researching and flu-like symptoms which can last for several weeks seems to be the main withdrawal problem and in my case insomnia coupled with the general uncomfortable feeling of my body withdrawing from something. petedr
Yes I experienced the same thing. Felt fine while on the medication, this is my 6th day off it and I had felt depressive symptoms and feel really really tired.
I had no idea what was going on with me, only change has been me finishing m treatment last week.
I'm really glad I found this post as I had questions as to whether or not stopping the epclusa was the culprit. It makes sense that you would experience withdrawal symptoms stopping a antiviral medication. There is definitely going to be an adjustment period. I wish I was told this before hand tho.
So to go into detail into exactly what I had felt since finishing treatment, on day 2 or 3 I started feeling really really tired. Just more tired than usual. I would need to drink more coffee to get me going. Stimulants weren't having the effect on me as they have in the past.
Also I started feeling really really depressed on day 4 post treatment. I was getting really sad really easily and it had a noticeable effect on my day to day mood.
Now it is day 6 post treatment, mood has improved but energy is still not there.
I will keep updating this as symptoms hopefully improve.
Keep in mind.
I have been excersising 5 days a week for the last 2 months of treatment.
And this has fallen completely by the wayside since finishing treatment.
Before I would get excited and really motivated to work out. Now ita really hard to get that spark that I use to before my workouts.
I finished 5 days ago, the same day I got home from a 2 week vacation. I thought maybe the trip wore me out way more than usual. Still feel like I got hit by a truck... and so very tired. I felt like it had to be withdrawal since everything hurt... glad to read this. Hope you all are feeling great again soon.
- Epclusa Information for Consumers
- Epclusa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Epclusa (detailed)
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