What are the effects of alcohol when taking Harvoni?
Question posted by Ed Barry on 18 Feb 2015
Last updated on 13 February 2019 by tklim1
For your own benefit and health, lay off the alcohol at least during treatment. Then try giving it up altoger. It's the worst thing for a damaged liver. Whatever it takes.
I get so frustrated and so pissed with people on these forums, no one EVER just answers the question, everyone trys to give opinions, never straight hard FACTS!!! I always feel sorry for the guys who ask these questions, why even bother answering when your opinion hasn't been asked for? Mind your f'ing business I say, leave the "opinions" to the health professionals (none of you clearly are or you'd have been able to give a straight answer) and in future, if some poor soul has been desperate enough to ask an on line community a very personal question JUST GIVE A STRAIGHT ANSWER!!! (You won't get one from me, I was desperate enough to come on here for an answer to the same
Harvoni causes extreme fatigue... although my doctor said I could have up to seven drinks per week, I tried twice to have wine on a Friday night with disastrous results. I had three glasses and room went spinning.. the second time I fell and hit my head.. so not worth it..
I've discovered that I feel much better without alcohol completely
Hope this helps
Your not going to be able to find a definitive answer to this question because no tests have ever been conducted by Gilliad to wether or not alcohol consumption impedes Harvoni from doing what its supposed to do. All you can go on is testimony from people that have taken the chance and had a few drinks during treatment, but since ever body is different and everyone can react differently to different drugs, even that wont give you a definitve answer. So stop already with the "stop preaching and just give me a definitive awnser" because there isnt one, no matter how many forums you post it on, how many doctors you ask, or how many Harvoni patients you ask.
Likmany on here, I am a VERY VERY moderate drinker. I have maybe one or two beers a week, if that, but I personally decided NOT to drink a single drop of alcohol during my treatment. I also chose not to use any antacids, even tho they say you can as long as you take them 4 hours after you take the Harvoni drug. I wasnt taking any chances whatsoever with my treatment and taking 3 months off of drinking, when I am not even a big drinker, was not only easy peasy, it was just the smart thing to do in my book. As for other people, each person has to make that choice themselves. If you want to drink a couple glasses of wine, a couple beers, or even a fifth of vodka... well, that choice is yours. Stop looking for doctors to give you the go ahead for doing so as again, none of them have the abaility of knowelge to do so. And considering nobody has a definitive answer as to wether or not alcohol effects Harvoni treatment, it is a risk drinking while taking it. There is always a risk with the unknown. If you cant stop drinking for 8-12 weeks to ensure your Hep C free for the rest of your life, then Hep C might not be your only problem.
Ed Barry, before taking Harvoni I went online to seek an answer to this same question. All the sermonizing (instead of actual experiences) in response to this question made me determined to return to this board after treatment and answer truthfully what happened to me. I knew I would probably be drinking here and there while on treatment, and my doctor said a little alcohol was fine while on Harvoni. I drank moderately several times a week (2-3 glasses of wine or beer per day) throughout treatment, and as of my labs last week 1 month post-treatment, I remain HCV-free.
I'm not condoning alcohol use while on Harvoni. It is better to avoid it for all the obvious reasons. However, the fact is I did drink pretty regularly on Harvoni, I never felt any side effects, and according to my doctor, since I am virus-free 1-month post-treatment, that correlates to a 99% cure rate. Those are the facts in my particular case. Good luck with your treatment!
What happens if you drink beer and are taking harvoni?
I started Harvoni a week ago. 12 week regiment. I don't drink often anymore. I have had HepC for 27 years. I care enough about my health and liver and cure that it's worth it to me to go alcohol free for three months. Its not that long. Of course, the night before I went on Harvoni, I wanted a margaritas, but refrained. I'm kicking HepC to the curb with no doubt!
Ed, I will recommend to short your use of alcohol .. I did the same and here I'm today healthy and almost a new liver ... Remember alcohol affects the liver and this can affect the medicine .. Drink a beer or glass of wine on the weekends ... Avoid school days .. And good luck
As for myself I looked on here because I have drank sense I started the treatment 2 weeks ago and I've noticed the original side offects are more so now. I'm more tired, have headaches, and upset stomach but from everyone else's answers it don't seem to affect the treatment.
I have just finished my 12 week regimen with Harvoni. I started with VL of 6 million copies; after 2 weeks it was down to 30 copies; at 4 wks 'undetectable'; 8 wks 'undetectable' and now at the end of treatment, still undetectable. Throughout this whole time (with the exception of the first two weeks), I drank a minimum of 3-4 beers per day. I am not recommending anyone drink on this med but since the original questioner wanted some non-judgmental answers, this is mine. My AST/ALT initailly went down into the 20's (from the 100's) but have creeped up a little with my latest blood work (AST 44/ALT 32). I should also mention that I have F4 Cirrhosis. I am not in any sort of denial as to what my continued drinking will do, but at least I will be free of HCV!
Good luck to Everyone
This is just my opinion.there's no answer.why?because I wouldn't pay for a cure if I new that alcohol would interfere with the hep-c going away.
i called Giliad... they say they have NO data one way or the other... no testing done... so in other words, NO ONE KNOWS
Well what is the answer, as I started treatment today? Not opinions, but medical facts. I'm LOL as my count is 5,000,000 + and I've had it at least 24 years from. 15,000 surgeries and I'm not a doctor.
I was first diagnosed while going through fertility testing in 2010. Because I had no negative symptoms, my doctor advised me to wait for some of the drugs that were being tested to be released. I had my liver checked every 6 months and had no tumors or cirrhosis, in fact I was quite healthy. Now 40, I've been a moderate to heavy drinker since 18. Since I never had any symptoms, the whole experience was rather surreal. I never felt like I was dying. I never had the fear that most associate with Hep C. I don't know if it was denial or ignorance, but I kept on living like I always had. I started Harvoni 4 weeks ago and I didn't change my diet, exercise routine (or lack thereof) or my drinking. The only thing that I changed was my daily vitamins (eliminated calcium) and I stopped taking otc heartburn relief. I have had absolutely no negative side effects.
I seem to wake up earlier than before, but I feel completely rested! My two week blood draw results indicated that HCV was no longer detected!!! I'm not suggesting that it is a good idea to drink while on Harvoni, but I did and had no negative repercussions.
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