The lack of side effects makes me think I may be on a placebo.
Does anyone know if placebos are used in these Merck clinical trials?
If this is the right trial, they do not have a placebo arm, only treatment arms
Efficacy and Safety of MK-3682B (MK-5172 + MK-3682 + MK-8408) Fixed Dose Combination in Chronic HCV Participants Failing Prior Antiviral Treatment (MK-3682-021)
This is a randomized, multicenter, open-label trial of the combination regimen of MK-5172 (grazoprevir [GZR]) (100 mg), MK-3682 (450 mg) and MK-8408 (60 mg) for 16 weeks with ribavirin (RBV) or 24 weeks without RBV in cirrhotic (C) or non-cirrhotic (NC) hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype (GT) 1 or GT3-infected participants who have previously failed a direct-acting antiviral regimen (DAA). The combination regimen will be administered as two fixed-dose combination (FDC) tablets, referred to as MK-3682B, given once-daily
I saw my first results from the clinical trial:
Baseline viral load was about 5,600,000 IU/mL
After two days of treatment:
After one week of treatment, before taking the drugs that day:
After one week of treatment, two hours after taking the drugs:
It's working quickly. It will be interesting to see whether the blood tests I had today (two weeks) will result in an undetectable viral load.
Sounds like you are off to a great start. Praying that all works and that you become Hep C free
Hi, hope this will work for you! I believe yes! I'm also on a 5th day of Harvony. Geno 1, few side effects, fatigue , raised blood preadsure sometimes (140/80-90), which don't drop quickly, itching, heart pulpations, shortness of breath sometimes, thirsty at night, ....now drinking much more water during the day, its better. Well see the results!
I'm having a bit of itching from the ribavirin and my stamina is a bit less than normal. I'm somewhat more thirsty and I've been drinking more water than usual.
But these side effects are nothing compared to what I endured during the two interferon/ribavirin treatments. During those treatments, my stamina became so poor I had trouble walking a couple of blocks, and the itch during the second treatment was a horrific torment.
I will be starting the same trial in 2 weeks.16 weeks with the ribo or 24 weeks without it.I asked the doctor about a placebo and he said he would not conduct the trial if there was a placebo.You should have gotten paperwork from the office you are going through that explains if there is going to be a placebo.I did get a pamphlet that explained everything so I knew there would be no sugar pills involved-good luck
I am starting the same trial in 2 weeks-16 weeks with ribo or 24 weeks without it.There are no placebos.I have the Merck paperwork on the study.Good Luck
Week 4 results:
Viral load: undetectable
AST: 38 (borderline normal range, lowest in decades, been elevated since the 1970s)
ALT: 35 (normal range, lowest in over 15 years)
At no time during previous my two treatments were the AST and ALT in the normal range.
How are you all finding out about these clinical trials? I have acute HCV 3a and I want it gone ASAP. I am already scared that my insurance is going to deny me coverage on the newer DAA's so a clinical trial would be a Godsend for me!
Early results of the first phases of this Merck clinical trial indicate it works better for genotypes 3a and genotype 1 than for genotype 2.
Most treatments of the past like interferon/ribavirin had less success with genotype 3a and did better with genotype 2.
Just a few days to go and I've reached.
Something that worries me: I found the main label on recent bottles of MK3682b to have an expiry date of January 2016, with another label over it with a later expiry date.
The viral load dropped rapidly in January. But if the drugs are spoiled, do I have a chance of SVR?
All three drugs grazoprevir, MK3682 and especially MK8408) have been shown to be very effective against genotype 3a.
But recently I've read that my genotype is the most likely to re-surface even if I test undetectable after 4 weeks (3%) and after 12 weeks (1%). A person with genotype 3a is only definitely cured with genotype 3a if you test undetectable after 24 weeks.
(with the other genotypes 1, 2 and 4, if you test undetectable at 12 weeks you are CURED, even if you test undetectable after 4 weeks you have a 99% chance of being cured).
Opening comment of above post should read: I've reached the end of treatment.
Freedom, I think you are worrying needlessly. The expiration dates on just about every drug are many many months (even years) earlier than what the truth is. I have no idea why the drug manufacturers do that, but they do. I wish you the best for an SVR.
I just saw the result of two weeks post treatment blood tests from May 16. It's still UNDETECTABLE!
The result of the next blood tests on May 30 (4 weeks post-treatment) are very significant. About 97% of people (with genotype 3, and about 99% of those with genotypes 1, 2 and 4) who are still undetectable 4 weeks post treatment will attain SVR 12 and SVR 24.
8 week post-treatment blood test results: still undetectable!
Maybe miracles do happen?
If this treatment works on a cirrhotic, hard-to-treat, two-time treatment failure like myself, I highly recommend it to others.
12 week post treatment result: undetectable!
Now there's a greater than 99% chance I'm finally cured. Next blood test in October (24 week follow up).
Result after 24 weeks: undetectable!
Looks like I'm finally cured.