Gin, well that's kind of depressing to hear it would be for 48 wks. With the Vertex version, it is supposed to be the first 12 wks. with the trio and the last 12 wks. with just the combo, for a total of 24 wks. That is all that my hepatologist has discussed. My last viral load in Dec. was 68,000 and I actually had normal enzymes at that time...which I think was a fluke, as they haven't been normal in 20 yrs. My doc feels that my HCV is not aggressive, which is why she didn't put me on the trial and said to just wait until it is approved.
It does sound like it's working for you, since your viral load has decreased significantly. I hope you will be able to handle it and that it is successful for you. We do have a couple of people who have been through treatment with just the combo, and found it difficult to get through but either made it or were taken off.
Good luck with your 4-week bloods!
Thanks for the input, PPM guy. I just read an online NY Times article about the same thing. However, I don't think any of these new treatments will be available prior to next year. Do you have hep C or liver disease? I see you post in the MS forum.
Ppm guy, that is certainly a double whammy! Thanks for the explanation and much luck to you.
Ginvlk, thanks for the update! I don't recall anyone losing all their hair on the combo...maybe a little thinning. Your hair will grow back. That wouldn't be a big issue for me, as I wear mine very short, anyway. What WOULD be an issue is having to do treatment for 48 wks. I just don't think I can do it that long...although I could stand to lose 20 lbs.
I do know that there are now a number of pharmaceutical companies working on similar treatments, but the two with telaprevir and boceprevir are further along with their trials than the others.
I'm glad you are responding thus far. Try to hang in there! And please come back and give us updates.
I guess everyone experiences different things on treatment. My friend didn't lose hair, but got skinny as a rail. She looked like she was dying of AIDS. She put weight back on after she finished treatment.