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HARVONI WITH OR WITH OUT FOOD
The HARVONI website patient information states that you can take them with or with out food.
I have had some people saying that it's best to take them with out food.
I've been taking my HARVONI for the past 23 weeks at 7am with breakfast.
Also I took Ribavirin for 12 weeks.
Can Ribavirin be taken with food ?
HCV Genotype 1a
2003 Relapsed Peg Interferon / Ribavirin
Pre treatment VL 2,000,000
ALT 65, AST 42, ALP 111, GGT 56
Treatment -24 weeks - Sof , Led with 12 weeks Riba.
4 weeks VL <12 Detected ALP 89 , GGT 21 , ALT 17 , AST14
12 weeks VL Undetected ALP 96, GGT 22, ALT 20, AST 20
24 weeks VL Undetected ALP 83, GGT 20, ALT 21, AST 14
EOT 6th April 2016
SVR 5 weeks VL Undetected ALP 81, GGT 31, ALT 22, AST 20
Ribavirin should be taken with food. I tried without when I wasn't hungry on peg/riba treatment and became quite nauseous, after that I always made sure I ate something with it.
Here you go, page three, half way down left column:
Edit: as Paul points out below, the food should have some fat in it. I changed to full cream milk on my cereal and if the evening meal is fat free I have some cheese and biscuits with the riba.
G3a since '78 - Dx '12 - F4 (2xHCC)
24wk Tx - PEG/Riba/Dac 2013 relapsed
24wk Tx - Generic Sof/Dac/Riba 2015/16 relapsed
16wk Tx - 12/01/17 -> 03/05/17 NS3/NS5a + Generic Sof
SVR7 - 22/06/17 UND
SRV12 - 27/07/17 UND
SVR24 - 26/10/17 UND
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The clinic told me to take Riba with some fatty food so I opted for a slice of bread with peanut butter on it most times.
Two time relapser.
SVR 4 achieved 12/16 at last
SVR 12 achieved 22/02/2017 The Bastard has been defeated
GT 3 - about 28 yrs with HCV
Goin on Harvoni with food for 11 weeks. taking pill on 19:45 (+/-15mins important to do this)in the middle of the dinner/main course(eat half plate, take pill and water, continue eating) and a glass water. with no problem/side effects at all. two times without any food or water i feel really bad(headache and so on). dont eat grapefruit(this big orange). I try with only sandwich and that is not enough to eat with pill.
This is my own experience taking Harv, and my doctors recommendation.
I took harvoni for 8 weeks no side effects whatsoever and as the instructions said with or without food I took it in the morning with a couple of coffees from posts I've read on here everybody is different as regards side-effects
I think if instructions say with or without food it is up to you to find out what suits you best good luck with treatment
age 72 location UK
14-2-2015 GT1a 6.8 kpa F1-F2 VL6.46
16-3-16 started 8wks Harvoin
2 wks VL unquantifiable
4 wks VL undetected
8 wks EOT Vl undetected
4 wks post. detected VL 4.07 relapsed
22-5-17 started re treatment via Redemption 2 ,meds via Monkmed 12 weeks Sof Dac+Rbv
Riba via NHS
Starting VL 4.25 log 6.63 ALT 88 Fibroscan F2- F3 8.9 kPa
2 wks VL 2.86
4 wks VL below detectable level
changed Tx to Viekira+Sof+Rbv
6 wks VL undetected
13-9-17 EOT , ALT32, AST28
SVR 4 +12