I was diagnosed in May if 2014. I have geno type 3 hep c and my Dr. Is starting me on Sovaldi and Ribavirion for 24 weeks. I'm wondering and worried about the side effects and if they do get to the point I can't work, am I able to get sick leave in ontario canada? I'm so tired and sore now with this and work I don't even want to imagin what it's going to be like once I start the meds in April. Thanks in advance for any advice and help. :)
I am in BC.Started treatment in Jan 2013.Have not been at work since. Fatigue just is only improving to a certain point not enough to put in any kind of physical work let alone mental for more than an hour or so, during treatment forget it.So many symptoms to knock you back. I would not plan on work if you are covered on a work insurance. I had to exhaust all banked sick time then medical EI is only good for 15 weeks then you need whatever Medical benefits through work you have.
I was geno-type 2 hep-c for 30 years. Sovaldi/ribovrin started last May and taken through July has kept me hep- c free for over just about a year now and my MD plans to take no further tests-cured. The side effects while on it for 3 months were myriad.Shortness of breath from low red blood cell count was the worst. I could barely breath after walking 2 blocks , or even a shower could wear me out. I have heard of people that have had no side effects and am thinking it is an urban legend.Yet, one can hope! Be grateful you are not on Interferon/ribovirin. I took that for one month and had a retina detach! Had to wait for Sovaldi to be approved in the US. Treatment here is 12 weeks. I am wondering why I see Canadians taking it for 24 weeks? Just do what your MD says and do not be afraid to ask questions! Get blood panels taken when needed.Watch out for anemia.
- Sovaldi Information for Consumers
- Sovaldi Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sovaldi (detailed)
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