Am 66 had about 42 years due to blood transfusion anyone had this long and how is your treatment. Feel like I have made the right decision.
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 blood work 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.
- Harvoni Information for Consumers
- Harvoni Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Harvoni (detailed)
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