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Worst Side effects with Epclusa so far?

Fatigue
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Chest pain
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Back pain
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Voting closed: December 15, 2016, 02:01:06 pm

Author Topic: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum  (Read 12807 times)

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Offline Av8tor737

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New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« on: November 28, 2016, 01:18:35 am »
Hello All,

I've been reading progress reports, and thought I'd chime in.  I just passed the 5 week mark. After having a VL in the 4 million range, after 4 weeks my AST/ALT are 12 and Hep C Virus UNDETECTABLE!!!  Lipid panels and all other functions returned in range and normal. 

I've experienced a few symptoms others have, fatigue, muscle and back aches, but they are infrequent and random.  Nothing I can't power through with exercise and a few Advil.  And as another poster on the forum said, drink plenty of water. It makes a huge difference.

No serious side effects for me, so if you're about to start, do not be afraid!!  It is relatively trouble free.

Apologies for lack of test numbers, I'll figure out how to post and try and come back soon.  Good luck and God bless you all!
Contracted 1970's?
Diagnosed 1/23/2013
Genotype 3
Start Epclusa 10.20.2015
AST 349 ALT 240
VL 468347
HCV Log 5.68

11.21.2015/Week 4
Liver and Hemo tests all normal
Labs : AST 19/ALT 19
HCV VL 12
HCV LOG 1.05
Hep C UNDETECTED!

12/21/2016/Week 8 blood work

Hemo and Liver test numbers normal

ALT 19
AST 17
HCV RNA   <=12
HCV LOG 10   <1.08

HCV Undetected

1/15/2017

Hemo and liver tests better than the last. All normal.
ALT 20
AST 19
HCV RNA   <=12
HCV LOG 10   <1.08

HCV Undetected

Offline Lynn K

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 01:21:31 am »
Hi Aviator and welcome

If you look at your profile we are using the signature area to post our data.

Glad to hear your treatment is going well

Blue skies and tail winds
Lynn
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!
I AM FREE!

Offline Av8tor737

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2016, 03:33:18 pm »
Thanks Lynn, you must dabble in the sky yourself then?

I'll work on your suggection over the next few days.

Contracted 1970's?
Diagnosed 1/23/2013
Genotype 3
Start Epclusa 10.20.2015
AST 349 ALT 240
VL 468347
HCV Log 5.68

11.21.2015/Week 4
Liver and Hemo tests all normal
Labs : AST 19/ALT 19
HCV VL 12
HCV LOG 1.05
Hep C UNDETECTED!

12/21/2016/Week 8 blood work

Hemo and Liver test numbers normal

ALT 19
AST 17
HCV RNA   <=12
HCV LOG 10   <1.08

HCV Undetected

1/15/2017

Hemo and liver tests better than the last. All normal.
ALT 20
AST 19
HCV RNA   <=12
HCV LOG 10   <1.08

HCV Undetected

Offline Lynn K

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2016, 03:49:28 pm »
Yes you could say that

About 1040 TT, CFI, and ERJ175 wanna be :)
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!
I AM FREE!

Offline Av8tor737

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2016, 03:51:39 pm »
PM me.
Contracted 1970's?
Diagnosed 1/23/2013
Genotype 3
Start Epclusa 10.20.2015
AST 349 ALT 240
VL 468347
HCV Log 5.68

11.21.2015/Week 4
Liver and Hemo tests all normal
Labs : AST 19/ALT 19
HCV VL 12
HCV LOG 1.05
Hep C UNDETECTED!

12/21/2016/Week 8 blood work

Hemo and Liver test numbers normal

ALT 19
AST 17
HCV RNA   <=12
HCV LOG 10   <1.08

HCV Undetected

1/15/2017

Hemo and liver tests better than the last. All normal.
ALT 20
AST 19
HCV RNA   <=12
HCV LOG 10   <1.08

HCV Undetected

Offline Av8tor737

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2016, 02:13:09 pm »
Week Six Update

Well I seem to be different from most.  In that, when first taking the Epclusa I had zero side effects for the first four weeks.  Others have said different.  Recently (the past two weeks) i have been having bouts of severe fatigue and some minor check and back pains.  My cardiologist says everything looks fine so we'll leave it to the drug then.  Some minor tenderness inside around my liver area now and again. Also, I seem to have mild depression come on now and again.  I have noticed my symptoms are more pronounced in the first six hours after taking my dose, tapering off to feeling better by late afternoon and evening.  I have been sleeping well, although I seem to awaken early a.m. (5 ish) and cannot get back to sleep.  I find myself dwelling on the fatigue and tell myself to keep powering through, only six more weeks to go.  Anyone else want to share Epclusa side effects?
Contracted 1970's?
Diagnosed 1/23/2013
Genotype 3
Start Epclusa 10.20.2015
AST 349 ALT 240
VL 468347
HCV Log 5.68

11.21.2015/Week 4
Liver and Hemo tests all normal
Labs : AST 19/ALT 19
HCV VL 12
HCV LOG 1.05
Hep C UNDETECTED!

12/21/2016/Week 8 blood work

Hemo and Liver test numbers normal

ALT 19
AST 17
HCV RNA   <=12
HCV LOG 10   <1.08

HCV Undetected

1/15/2017

Hemo and liver tests better than the last. All normal.
ALT 20
AST 19
HCV RNA   <=12
HCV LOG 10   <1.08

HCV Undetected

Offline rk

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2016, 03:00:06 pm »
Hi Av8tor737, the first two weeks I had some brain fog or a lack of holding my thought process. Since then nothing to note, my thought process seems normal or if its altered its a new normal. Its been a relatively smooth ride at 8 weeks.
9/14/2016 pre-treatment
GT 2
Viral load 2940
Platelets 142
AST        16
ALT        6
Fibrosis stage  F3
LSM        10.1 kPa
Started Epclusa 10/7/16
EOT + 12 weeks HCV undetected

Offline elias

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2016, 03:08:42 pm »
I'm almost finished week 6. Side effect is drastic worsening of pre-existing insomnia
Probably combination of psychological elements and effects of the medication.

I notice that night before any appointment with doctor, I get almost no sleep at all.

I'm probably going there tomorrow to pick up my third and last bottle of Epclusa. So not really a medical appointment I so much hope I dont have sleepless night tonight  and tomorrow ill be so out of it , i wont know how to even get back home

I'm quite achy all over if I  havent slept enough. When I do get adequate sleep, id say my side effects are minimal
Contracted HCV ~age 12
Diagnosed: September 2016 GT2b
F3 by Fibrosure: 0.66
Necroinflammat activity: A3 0.76
================
VL Sep. 12, 2016: 1.44 million/ Log: 6.157
AST:71/ ALT:114   Sept. 1, 2016 Before treatment
==================
4 week after beginning  Epclusa:
Viral Load: UNDETECTED
AST 17/ALT 11
===============
Began Epclusa:  October 22, 2016
End of Treatment [EOT]: January 13. 2017
====================
EOT+4 Weeks: UNDETECTED
====================
SVR 12 April14-HCV Not Detected

Offline Philadelphia

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2016, 04:15:06 pm »
I sleep badly the night before a doctor's appointment and I'm on no drugs at all! :) I put mine down to rampant anxiety. lol
CURED SVR24  Class of 2015
Wk 12 post EOT 30.11.15: ALT 14 AST 22 GGT 22 VL UND
Week 19 07.08.15: ALT 17 AST 23 GGT 25
Week 12 18.06.15: ALT 21 AST 23 GGT 28
Week 8 25.05.15: ALT 23 AST 27 GGT 30 VL UND
Week 4 20.04.14: ALT 30 AST 36 VL 40
Treatment start 23.03.15: ALT 137 AST 185 VL 342,600
Cirrhosis Child-Pugh A, Genotype 1a - Viekira Pak + riba 24 weeks
Total failure interferon/ribavirin/boceprovir Mar 2013
https://www.hepmag.com/blogger/grace-campbell

Offline elias

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2016, 06:10:00 pm »
Same here. Just worse now after the trauma with leaning bout Hep C and that I have it.Had it since bout 12 and didn't even know
Contracted HCV ~age 12
Diagnosed: September 2016 GT2b
F3 by Fibrosure: 0.66
Necroinflammat activity: A3 0.76
================
VL Sep. 12, 2016: 1.44 million/ Log: 6.157
AST:71/ ALT:114   Sept. 1, 2016 Before treatment
==================
4 week after beginning  Epclusa:
Viral Load: UNDETECTED
AST 17/ALT 11
===============
Began Epclusa:  October 22, 2016
End of Treatment [EOT]: January 13. 2017
====================
EOT+4 Weeks: UNDETECTED
====================
SVR 12 April14-HCV Not Detected

Offline rk

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2016, 01:16:40 am »
Elias, I have sleep problems as well & it can be very frustrating. I did a fair amount of reading and found some helpful tips. I'll not go into here and I do not remember all that I read. I will say if you google insomnia issues you should find tips that are very helpful. I also read a book and I started doing better especially falling asleep. Now usually I go to sleep no problem. If I wake and go to bathroom usually I go back to sleep. If I wake an hour or so from my normal time I may not go back to sleep. Being consistent & keep the same routine really helps. That plus other tips you'll read should help. Now sleep may be a problem on occasion but it use to be a big problem. Just like curing this disease, take control, do not let it control you. I am sure you know life can be quite miserable when something controls you. I wish you luck, Rod
9/14/2016 pre-treatment
GT 2
Viral load 2940
Platelets 142
AST        16
ALT        6
Fibrosis stage  F3
LSM        10.1 kPa
Started Epclusa 10/7/16
EOT + 12 weeks HCV undetected

Offline Mugwump

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2016, 03:42:30 am »
My memories of treatment with Harvoni were essentially the same. I was on 24 weeks. After the first 8 or so many of us felt like super beings with liver functions returning to normal levels. However after about 14 weeks the reality of having what seems to be a full house renovation of the liver cells sets in. It was like going to the dentist for root canal essentially the slight pains in the hepatic region became more pronounced and scared the crap out of me!

At the same time I was lucky enough to catch a bout of the flu that was missed in that years vaccine. Talk about a double whammy of feeling like dog shiet!!!

Well it took many months to overcome the shake up and for my liver to rebuild. It took almost a year for my bilirubin levels to settle down. But then again I have cirrhosis and perhaps had a much greater level of damage to heal than some on treatment.

So yes I can say that the final stages of removing HCV can be a rough ride! No doubt it is the system flushing dead liver cells and the liver slowly compensating and rebuilding that causes this effect.

It might very well be that some people have a more active level of infected cells that need to be replaced even though they have less evident levels cirrhosis, so perhaps all of a sudden you can feel worse because there is much more toxic by products to be passed by your system than what you have ever experienced.

I will tell you the as cirrhosis progresses to a level where it is almost decompensated you become used to feeling like you got run over by a truck so the sudden sickness caused by treatment was nothing compared to what I felt like before treatment. But those who are less cirrhotic might be in for more of a rough time than what they are accustomed to.

I see no reason why the new DAA should be any different in how it effects us.

All the best to those on the new drug, let us all hope that it is the answer for those who failed Harvoni for what ever reasons.

Cheers
Eric
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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2016, 04:49:02 am »
My dr keeps telling me how sick I was, how I was stepping off the precipice towards liver failure, how I had begun to decompensate, how dire it was. He didn't tell me any of that during treatment, just the sliding towards decompensation part. In many ways I'm glad he didn't as it would have panicked me.

My last test results showed a drop or stability in everything except bilirubin, which bumped from 16 to 19, but as it has been incredibly high (152) and I started treatment with it being double the maximum norm, I'm prepared for it to wiggle round a bit. It, my platelets and INR are the only things out of range.

I am alwYs amazed that I managed to get so much done when I was so sick, but I did and kept working full time. I have no idea how I managed it.

So yeah, some of us gave a tougher road to recovery and we walk it at a different pace. And that's okay. :)
CURED SVR24  Class of 2015
Wk 12 post EOT 30.11.15: ALT 14 AST 22 GGT 22 VL UND
Week 19 07.08.15: ALT 17 AST 23 GGT 25
Week 12 18.06.15: ALT 21 AST 23 GGT 28
Week 8 25.05.15: ALT 23 AST 27 GGT 30 VL UND
Week 4 20.04.14: ALT 30 AST 36 VL 40
Treatment start 23.03.15: ALT 137 AST 185 VL 342,600
Cirrhosis Child-Pugh A, Genotype 1a - Viekira Pak + riba 24 weeks
Total failure interferon/ribavirin/boceprovir Mar 2013
https://www.hepmag.com/blogger/grace-campbell

Offline roosevelts

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2017, 10:57:33 am »
hang in there!
« Last Edit: January 02, 2017, 10:59:48 am by roosevelts »
ROOSEVELT
PRE AST 38 ALT 29 VL 335K

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2017, 11:03:15 am »
take care
ROOSEVELT
PRE AST 38 ALT 29 VL 335K

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2017, 11:06:43 am »
hey all,

i'm just getting the hang of how to post. at first it looked to me like I was responding to the wrong people so I changed what I said so as not to be weird or inappropriate. now I think I get that I am just adding to the thread. hope so! I started epclusa on 12/31. no side effects so far. hope it stays that way!
ROOSEVELT
PRE AST 38 ALT 29 VL 335K

Offline Mw2324

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2017, 11:53:09 am »
Welcome!
30 yr. old female
Infected in 2006
Genotype 2b
Pretreatment:
F0
Alt 28
Ast 30
Viral load 49,000
Started Epclusa on 9/9/16 -12 week treatment
4 week viral load undetected... ALT 19 AST 19
12 week eot viral load undetected...ALT16 AST 11

Offline roosevelts

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Re: New Epclusa Patient and to Forum
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2017, 12:53:21 pm »
thanks!
ROOSEVELT
PRE AST 38 ALT 29 VL 335K

 


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