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Harvoni

I just started Harvoni so excited I was pretreated but it came back was on treatment for 13 months it almost killed me twice has anyone  gone threw this treatment and been cured
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408795 tn?1324935675
Good for you!!  There have been many Harvoni success stories right here on this forum.  But I'll let the them chime in when they see your post.  good luck!
683231 tn?1467323017
I treated 4 times before once with 3 shots a week of interferon monotherapy, once with interferon and ribavirin, once with interferon ribavirin and a clinical trial medicine, last year with sovaldi and olysio. I was a null responder to the interferon based treatment and relapsed after sovaldi and Olysio.
Last year on Nov 18th I started treatment with Harvoni for 24 weeks and we later added ribavirin for 15 of those weeks. I finished treatment on May 4th. A few weeks ago I got the word I anm still not detected for the hep c visus and considered cured of hep c. There are hundreds of people being cured of hep c with either Harvoni or another medicine called Vikeira Pak which is several different pills.
Also I was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis in Jan 2008 so being a null responder to prior treatment and having cirrhosis makes me among the hard to treat group and yet I am cured.
Yes you can and very likely will be cured of hep c with these new treatments

Good luck
Lynn
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I had failed 3 times prior and by fail I mean spectacularly FAILED as I never went to undetected in any of the instances, Pegintron/Riba, Consensus/Riba (daily interferon injections. How I'm still alive, I do not know), Incivek/Peg/Riba none of these worked. Even with Harvoni, I was still detected at week 10 of treatment which prompted me to beg the doctor to extend to 24 weeks even though I technically did not have Cirrhosis.
I got my results of Undetected on October 23rd at 24 weeks to the day of EOT. I'm considered cured. I still cannot believe it, to be honest.
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You are right to feel excited. I also treated 4 times including once with incivek.  I did the Harvoni treatment for 12 weeks and achived SVR 12 in June. Even though they say it's not necessary my GI wants me to get tested again in Dec. to check for SVR 24. I didn't have many side effects either.
444337 tn?1428073510
12 weeks of Harvoni did the trick for me. Never treated before.

Good luck
1689583 tn?1387752394
Tx naive F2 fibrosis 12 weeks harvoni cured.
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Be very optimistic.  I treated with Harvoni for 24 weeks having failed interferon and ribavirin on three occasions.  Those treatements were extremely challenging on so many levels; the Harvoni was nothing by comparison, even though my Dr. added 12 weeks of Ribavirin at the start.  On Friday, October 30th I got a call from my Doctor, the 12 week post-treatment viral load was negative.  It's hard to express what that news feels like.  I wish you all the best for treatment and feel confident that this treatment has the power to eliminate the virus even in those deemed "difficult to treat."
1689583 tn?1387752394
This treatment is definitely the best treatment for gt I 's. It is the cure  there is no other. You are lucky to have it and you will be cured like the rest of us have. Good luck
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Was wondering how did you guys get the treatment? I mean Harvoni? Our insurance refused to cover it! Any other option? Thank you all in advance
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Generics from Asia is the next option
4896357 tn?1360670904
I also tortured myself with interferon and ribavirin and failed. 12 weeks of Harvoni cured me with very mild side effects. People on this forum are clearing one after another! Keep us informed of your progress. You should be und at four weeks.
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I am so happy to hear of the great results you all have had!
408795 tn?1324935675
I'm back!!  I started Harvoni on June 1st 2016!!  That's right.  I bought generics and I was going to start on them but right before I started my doctor said he was absolutely certain that he could get me Harvoni.  I told him to go for it!  Finally the dude came through, my insurance paid for the Harvoni so my start date didn't change, I just started with Harvoni instead of the generics.  At first I was conflicted to take the Harvoni as I knew generics would work just as well and I wanted to become a "Generic Rebel"  I had to weigh my options carefully.  Bottom line, I chose the Harvoni b/c if I failed my tx plan., there would be problems and I didn't want the possibility of all that happening, nobody wants problems.  I decided that although it would be really cool to be part of the "generic rebels", I was gonna have to remain a wanna be and leave it at that.  With that said, I am truly grateful for all the encouragement and support  I got from the "generic rebels", and in particular from a non-rebel named Dr. James Freeman from Hobart, Australia.  He's an amazing doctor and he's doing amazing things for people like us with HepC.  That's right, he's helping people all over the world even the USA and it's all totally legal.  Oh BTW, my first blood test after only 2 weeks showed I was undetected, and I started with a viral load of 8 million and change, hope I stay that way!!!  yay    Lastly, I want to say because of Australia laws and unwarranted BS, patients in OZ can no longer look at his website.  Has something to do with Big Pharma, I'm sure of it!!  Arghhh!!
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