... scary. Have lived with this for 42 years due to blood transfusion. Sometime I wonder about my age to try this am 66
Joey... I also got HepC through a blood transfusion right after my son was born 46years ago! I took HARVONI for 24 weeks, finished July 27 and I've been virus free 4 weeks after I began!! I was stage 3 when I began treatment as of October I was told I am now stage 2! This medication nothing short of a Miracle! Yes, I have read some negative comments on here but that is rare. HARVONI is 96% effective. Side affects are very doable, believe me!!! Headaches,fatigue and some people have sleeping issues, I did not. I actually slept better, I think because I took my pill with dinner. Do not drink alcohol and but drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy and try to exercise. The headaches subsided after a few weeks. Good luck!
I wouldn't worry about your age. I did interferon/ribroviran treatment back in 99. That was horrible. I'm 53 and started harvoni in July. I had mild headaches and that was it. Everyone is different but I know it can be no where as bad as what I went through in 99. I am hepc free and feel great. You must give it a try and don't worry. Drink a lot of water.
Hey Joey... Buzz here,
I'm 57 and completed 24 weeks of Harvoni and Ribavirin last week. I had been HCV+ since 1981, but at week 2 of treatment on Harvoni and Ribavirin I have been HCV free. Hopefully in 12 weeks post treatment and 24 weeks post treatment I will not have relapsed and will be declared cured.
Side effects vary by person. Each person handles these pills differently from others depending on their individual situation. Here's the scoop: every patient must deal with the sides as best they can and the longer they deal, hopefully the less the sides will effect. My issues were fatigue the first few weeks, which turned into insomnia. I had the runs, weight loss, constipation, weight gain... I was a poster child for all of Harvoni's and Ribavirin's side effects. Irritability and depression were biggies for me because I suffer from those as it is, and they were both magnified intensely. I have read here where many people were taken off Ribavirin because of such sides and others like diarrhea I still get erratically, anytime, day or night. If all bloodwork is within minimal ranges, deal with this, day to day. Each symptom, on it's own, separate from all the others. It will be over soon. Do it. You never know when the liver will crap out due to what Hep C is doing to it. 66? Yer still a spring chicken. Do this.
Ribavirin should be required with Harvoni. Ribavirin, if you will, rakes your blood up, making the Hepatitis C virus stand up and the Harvoni comes in and mows it down. THAT'S HOW it WORKS! Many doctors are unaware. I'm lucky to have a great doc who's success rate is at 100% for all patients who are compliant with treatment and never miss a monthly visit.
Deal with the sides. Drink water. Be active. Don't overeat. Avoid fried foods, super spicy foods and you won't need the antacids which interfere with the absorption of Harvoni. Avoid alcohol. Try.
Joey1949; Really they have to show you so many side effects that it is scary but lots of these are included from the old treatment because the drugs are a combination of the old treatment that had such a terrible cure rate.Age has very little to do with it at worse you well fell bad for 6 to 12 months if you get the treatment depending on how bad your liver is but why would you decide not to have a better life in the long run. Most people the only side effects are headache, Tired, are the most common. but you need to fix that liver before it gets to the point where it is too bad. I say go for it. And don't believe all yu read. Chuck1957
Joey1949; Fantastic now remember weekend is a good time to start after you read all the crap that comes with it. But don't let it scare you off. The stuff they put in is crazy but by starting on the weekend, you can see what side effects you get remember most go away with continued use and drink plenty of water.Also you might want to join the hep C site. It's free just in the gray bar that says search type in the name of the drug, Then click it the support group comes up and you just follow the directions the success is fantastic, but your always going to have the negative people buffer them out. But you might like to read about how to get rid of some side effects etc. And remember to get all your test as you go. Have a nice and healthy life my friend. you won't regret it at all. Chuck1957
I too am in my 60's... 63. They found out I had the virus in 2002 through regular health check up. It is believed I contracted it in the 70's after blood transfusion needed from horrible car accident. Or when I was working in the Medical field as Lab, ER assistant in a hospital in the late 70''- mid 80's. I have been approved to start and hopeful it will be next week. I was rejected the first time my Dr. submitted me as my labs were good. In the last year it has gone down rapidly. VL - is now 990,000 after being around the 300,000 for many years... Anyways I am hopeful that I will do great on meds! Thankful for the opportunity to now start the meds and will consider it as my grateful pill filled with health and joy! God is so good! Blessing and best wishes to all of you.
I realize that it has been awhile since you posted your inquiry regarding Harvoni, and I thought I would relate to you about my experience with the drug. At age 61, I too was quite skeptical as to whether or not I give this drug a try. I am extremely grateful that I did, and to be 100% honest, I felt no side effects, and was/am healed before my 3 months that was recommended. I would urge anyone who suffers from Hep C to try this medication out. Hopefully the price will become more reasonable as time goes on. Good Luck!, and Congratulations ! Most Sincerely.
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