One of the newest Hep C Treatment combinations is Sovaldi & Olysio, which is Interferon and Ribavirin free. Hep C Patient Tammy shares her combo treatment experience with us this week.
Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) is manufactured by Gilead Sciences and Olysio (Simprevir) is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. These two drugs are both direct anti viral agents and can be used off label in combination without the use of Interferon or Ribavirin. Hep C patients genotype, liver condition and past treatment history all help determine which Hep C treatment is best suited for each patient.
For those who cannot tolerate Interferon or Ribavirin, using this off label combination is a good alternative. Hep C Warrior Tammy joins us in an Interview sharing her treatment experience with Sovaldi & Olysio.
Connie: Tammy, can you tell us when you were first diagnosed with Hep C?
Tammy: Yes, I was diagnosed in February 2013.
Connie: What Genotype are you?
Tammy: I am Genotype 1b.
Connie: What stage was your Hep C prior to starting treatment?
Tammy: I was stage 4 fibrosis, and in early stages of cirrhosis.
Connie: Have you done treatment for Hep C before? If so, what treatment drugs were used and when?
Tammy: I was placed on Pegasus Interferon, Ribavirin and Incivek in June 2013. I had an adverse reaction to the Interferon and was removed from treatment after three months.
Connie: What treatment meds are you currently doing? What date did you begin this treatment?
Tammy: I began the new treatment using Sovaldi and Olysio together in January 2014. In this treatment I only take Sovaldi and Olysio and nothing else for 12 weeks. I thank God I don’t have to do Interferon or Ribavirin!
Connie: What side effects have you experienced in your current treatment? Can you compare your current experience to past side effects from previous treatment?
Tammy: I have NO SIDE EFFECTS on this new treatment! When I was on the Interferon, Ribavirin and Incivek, I had all the horrible side effects that went with those meds. I had severe eye troubles and cotton wool spots in my eyes which was why they stopped my initial treatment. I was exhausted all the time due to the anemia and had lots of hair loss and was freezing cold all the time, even in 100 degree weather.
With this new treatment, my life is normal. I put my pill bottles next to my make up in the bathroom so that I remember to take it every day. It is so easy, that I can easily forget to take it!
Connie: Thank you Tammy for sharing with us today. We look forward to hearing more about your treatment experience with Sovaldi & Olysio tomorrow in part 2.
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