Harvoni Treatment

Harvoni Treatment: How does Harvoni treat the hepatitis C virus?

Hepatitis C virus is a highly infectious disease that destroys the liver.

And millions of Americans are infected with hep C.

Harvoni treatment is effective for many living with hepatitis C in the US.

Most hep C patients in the US can be treated with 12 weeks of Harvoni.

Harvoni is once a day tablet taken orally by mouth.

What does Harvoni actually do?

Inflammation of the liver is the condition called hepatitis. After 6 months, if hepatitis persists, its called chronic hepatitis.

Harvoni is made up of ledipasvir 90 mg and sofosbuvir 400 mg. Both drugs blocks proteins on the hepatitis C virus from growing.

  • Protein NS5A is blocked by Ledipasvir.
  • NS5B RNA enzyme is blocked by sofosbuvir.

Who can take Harvoni treatment for hepatitis C?

Seventy five percent of all hepatitis C cases in the US can be treated with Harvoni.

Hepatitis C treatments like Sovaldi, Daklinza and Harvoni are based on hepatitis C virus genotypes.

There are 6 common genoytypes in the world.

Harvoni treats 1, 4, 5 and 6 in both adults and children.

FDA has approved this treatment for hepatitis C in 2014.

How do you take Harvoni?

Harvoni is a tablet taken for 56 days (2 months) to 84 days (3 months).

Some need to take Harvoni for 6 months.

This is all based on 3 factors:

  • Your overall health and history
  • If have taken hepatitis C treatments in the past
  • Do you have cirrhosis, HIV and other health conditions

Before starting Harvoni treatment, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional for your specific health needs.

Can Harvoni cure hepatitis C?

If you don’t have other health issues or conditions, Harvoni has a very high cure rate, anywhere between 94% to 99%.

In this case cure means, there is no undetectable hepatitis C virus in your blood. If the virus is detected, the viral load (amount) should be considerably be less.

Four criteria that Harvoni may not work:

  • Liver disease in an advanced state.
  • Fibrosis or liver scarring.
  • Previous hepatitis C treatment that did not work.
  • Not taking Harvoni as prescribe by your healthcare professional.

Harvoni can also be taken with weight based ribavirin to increase the chance of curing hepatitis C.

Your healthcare professional may suggest this option, if the treatment is not going as planned.

Harvoni Side Effects and Risks:

Most people who take Harvoni, do not have any side effects.

Some side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue in general

If you have had hepatitis B, it can be reactivated by taking Harvoni. So, talk to your healthcare professional.

Harvoni Drug Interactions:

  • Diabetes medicines
  • Seizure medicines
  • Antiviral medicines like HIV/AIDS
  • Antibiotics like rifampin and others
  • Rosuvastatin
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Warfarin
  • Stomach medicines

Harvoni Cost

The cost of Harvoni is out of reach for most Americans.

The good news is most insurance companies, we have been told, are covering this very expensive “specialty” medicine.

Harvoni costs about $1,100 per pill and is unaffordable.

However, you have options to purchase Harvoni generic ledipasvir sofosbuvir for $9.25 a pill.

Today, you can purchase Harvoni for a lot less and have it delivered to your front door.

If your insurance is not covering Harvoni, please give us a call at 858-952-1077 or just fill the form below, we will be able to help you.