ppm guy said...
Your numbers are great!!! And your ultrasound being normal, I would be quite excited.. If you get to hbsag negative, do you continue with drug, or do you just monitor hbsag? Interesting how your CK, and AST normalized.
I have had a couple of chronic issues, one being incurable(MS). I have followed many trials, for maintenance, and symptom relief for MS. Some drug companies allow their participants to stay on the drug for a given time., after the drug is approved.
My backround is with hep c. I followed Gilead trials for years. Do they have any add on drugs in the pipeline, to go go with TAF? best to you lucky
Thanks Barry! I'm glad it's going the right way so far. If my hbsag went negative, then I'd discuss with the doctor. Typically, what I have read, is that doctors will keep the patients on the medication for a year or two just to make sure they continue to develop stronger anti-bodies and then take them off. In some cases, the anti-bodies go strong right off the bat so they may reduce that time and then potentially give the patient a booster shot to make sure the anti-bodies stay and the viral load never comes back. I've heard that on the new formula, a few people have been cured on the drug (even though it's about
1 in every 10) so I'm hoping I become one of the lucky few.
Good to know about
the trials. I suspect this is why they wanted me to sign on for 5 more years, so that they can continue on with the research with the drug as needed and they probably knew that it was going to be approved 3 months after I signed the agreement. Either that or it was just to continue to cover them in case it never did get approved but I'm guessing since they are spreading my visits out to every 6 months they will continue on since it'll cost them less now.
As for the combo therapy, nothing really in the pipepline. They will do some combo therapies like the drug + interferon (I won't even attempt though because it won't work right with my Genotype and give me many side effects) and the only other time I have heard of combo drugs is if a certain drug stops working, then they may offer something on top of the current drug to suppress the virus.
I'm approaching 1 full year no alcohol at all.. and naturally, I'm craving a drink but I'm staying away and resisting that temptation.