Help with hepatitis medication?

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freakedoutone
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   Posted 6/18/2016 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Can someone help me with some questions about Harvoni?

I'd like to know if it is covered by Medicare, and if there are side effects like hair loss.
I didn't see anything about that kind of side effect, but sometimes not all of the side effects are shown online.

I am going to see my doctor and ask them about these things as well, but I won't be doing that for about a month, so I was hoping to have some answers and get some peace of mind before I go to see them. confused sad

Thanks,
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MamaLama
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   Posted 6/18/2016 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
foo...

harvoni is well tolerated. put harvoni in the search box on the blue bar above and you can read the treatment threads of several who have had great luck.

there seem to be few side effects, maybe some headaches, but drinking lots of water seems to help. I can't remember about harvoni and anxiety, but some on various new treatments have struggled with additional anxiety or deoression. talk specifically with your treatment doc and whoever writes your psych meds.

the one good thing is that most on treatment are undetected in a matter of weeks...sooo, they start to feel better, less tired, etc. unless your liver us
is cirrotic, you may see some recovery overvtime.

my partner Mike did another new treatment -sovaldi and olysio - in 2014. he has been undetected now over 2 years!!! he had Hep C for over 40 years. since he was a drinking man too, he had done in his liver and was transplanted in 2011. I have always wondered how much the Hep C did to damage the new liver before treatment. His docs tell him so long as his liver function tests are good, stop worrying. I keep praying it S true that the healthy liver cells will repair any damage.

Mike was treated in 2003 with Interferon and Ribavirin. That regimen had difficult side effects and is rarely used now.

good luck, mamalama
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.

MamaLama
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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 6/18/2016 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
foo

most have been successful in cobbling a plan together tp pay for treatment.

you may need to appeal a rejection

you may need to get the manufacturer'S help program to get a reduced rate.

more recently we have seen insurers more likely to have the meds on their formulary.

good luck with all this.

mamalama
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.
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