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Author Topic: Harvoni side effects  (Read 5340 times)

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Offline Pavel

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Harvoni side effects
« on: October 12, 2016, 06:22:29 pm »
In a few days I will get 84 tablets of Harvoni.
December 1 I will fly to Mexico for four months.
My gastro thinks I should not take the Harvoni until I return to Colorado in April.
I am anxious to rid myself of this virus.
Could the side effects be that serious?
Should I wait?

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Harvoni side effects
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 09:33:06 pm »
Most people experience minimal side effects possibly some mild headaches which you can help by keeping properly hydrated.

I would personally prefer to be closer to my doctor if I had any concerns while on treatment unless you want to make long distance calls from Mexico for any questions you might have.

While I was on treatment I traveled to Mexico for 2 weeks and later to Italy for a week. I like most people did not have any issues while on Harvoni. Not much different than taking a daily vitamin. I did have a little bit of a tougher time when I added ribavirin to my treatment.

But a minority of people did have a more difficult time with treatment. Unless you have advanced liver disease and really even if you do waiting until April should not make any difference either way.

I had hep c for 37 years before I was finally cured. It took me 30 years to develop liver cirrhosis. Only about 20% of people infected with hep c for 20 years will develop cirrhosis.

So long story short...

Could the side effects be that serious?
It depends most people had little to no bothersome side effects but a few did.

Should I wait?
That is between you and your doctor to decide.
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!


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