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Author Topic: Epclusa- Details of my experience so far  (Read 6877 times)

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Offline trisha1234

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Epclusa- Details of my experience so far
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:38:57 pm »
Hi everyone! I wanted to give a detailed report of all my feels so far on Epclusa for those who are researching about sides. I'm on it for 12 weeks and have completed 4 weeks so far. This is only my experience, everyone has a different experience. Here goes:

I had a delayed start because I had a cold/flu and didn't want to be confused about what was my cold or what was side effects. In retrospect I should have just taken the damn pills lol. ;D

Day 1: 8am ( I have a cute little alarm on my phone)...BING BING. Take a pill. I was so excited and so scared. What will happen? Went about my day. I had a tiny little headache, despite drinking my water but it went away quite quickly.

Week 1: I felt very tired this week. But I always feel tired, for years. I had a few headaches here and there but nothing bad at all. One thing I noticed almost from day 1 is that I sleep like a rock. I fall asleep easily and STAY asleep all night long. This is something that I'm not used to. Another thing that happened the first week is that I felt euphoric all the time. I'm not sure if that is the meds or just the excitement I feel about a possible cure...who cares I feel great!

Week 2: Still felt a bit tired. Out of nowhere, my hips started to hurt. Over the course of about 5 days, I had joint pain (hips, knees and hands). It was severe at times but then it dwindled slowly away and so far hasn't returned like that. Tip for that is A-5-35. That stuff really helped

Week 3: Nothing new here. I get very mild niggles of joint pain. Feeling happy and healthy. I drank a lot of water the first 3 weeks. 

Week 4: I didn't drink enough water this week. I started feeling more tired and a bit moody. Increasing the water as we speak  ;). I am also going to incorporate better eating and daily exercise to amp up my overall well being.

I had my first doc visit today and he didn't say much. He doesn't check viral load until I'm done. My blood work shows ALT went from 90 down to 20. I have no idea why AST was not tested but it was 45 at start. (previous tests were as high as 176 ALT and 109 AST).

Sooooooooo....... to sum it up. This treatment has been a cake walk for me so far. I wanted to give a detailed report of everything I have felt so far but in summary, it is hardly even noticeable that I'm taking anything at all.

Here's to the rest of the treatment going this well or better!  :-* I hope this has helped to set people about to start at ease.

Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: Epclusa- Details of my experience so far
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 08:18:37 pm »
trisha, glad to hear things are going so well for you. Your experience sounds a lot like mine with Harvoni, which isn't surprising -- Harvoni and Epclusa are 50% the same, since they both contain Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) plus a second (different) medicine.

Best wishes for the rest of treatment.

Gnatty
9/29/71 transfusions
HCV genotype 1a
7/09/15-9/30/15 Harvoni

Before treatment:
Viral Load 9,490,582
FibroScan 19.5 kPa [F4]
ALT 262
AST 217
ALP 183

Most recent:
VL still UNDETECTED (SVR 102)
FibroScan 7.6 kPa [F1-2]
ALT 15
AST 20
ALP 85

Offline sandrooney

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Re: Epclusa- Details of my experience so far
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 06:31:57 am »
Glad you are doing good !!!!

Offline monoyes

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Re: Epclusa- Details of my experience so far
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2017, 04:29:49 pm »
Hi Trish,

So happy to hear about how you've been doing with the treatment.  I started Harvoni about the same time as you and we are pretty much in sync with the symptoms. 

Just keep taking good care of yourself through the treatment and it will be well worth it in the end :)

 


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