I was also on Harvoni generic. At first I had hints of a very mild headache which as others have said, went immediately on drinking water (filtered). My immediate side effects were that I felt much better! consultant said this was due to reduction of imflammation .
4 weeks in I got a cold which turned into a chest infection, it was winter in the uk at the time, but was told this was quite common on this treatment, but if you needed antibiotics you would need advise on which to take before swallowing. Spain of course will be very warm, but if on a boat (you don't say large or small boat) I would take care not to sit around damp clothes on a windy day!
I can remember the uncertainty & nerves re starting treatment, if I had to do it again, I personally would go to Spain on holiday. I take it you have your EU health card? (use it while you still can!).
Having said all that, there is a small risk , some people have had high blood pressure on starting tx for example. We are all different.
Don't know if you know, The Spanish healthcare system is very good, but also, private Drs are affordable. There are private Hepatologists in the Malaga area, I looked into that when I was looking for monitoring, I remember also a Dr in Mallorca being mentioned, I think Greg Jeffereys has those details. So you could have a plan in place if needed. Also, cheap flights to return home if you felt concerned.
My feeling is, fresh air, warm sun & relaxing would do you good, but definitely put some 'what if' measures into place to be prepared just in case.
GT1a Dec14 F2/8.7 VL 900000-2.5M
Jan16 Hepcivir-L MonkMed/Redemption
Baseline: VL 913575 Alt 76 Platelets low
Wk2 VL1157 Alt 23
DET Wk 8 VL 32 Alt19 'In the slow lane'
June16 Fibro 5.7 F0/1 LIF 1.5
Wk 11 VL<12 Alt 13 Det/Unq
Extending tx 12 wks Mylan Sofo/Dac MonkMed
Wk 14 VL <12 Det/Unq
Wk 16 VL UNDETECTED
Wk 22 + 4 Wks Sunprevir FixHepC
Wk 24 UNDETECTED Alt 13
Wk 12 post tx SVR12 Wk 26 SVR24
Thank-you Tim, Dr Debasis @ MonkMed & Dr Freeman @ Fix HepC
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I also had the Harvoni treatment and any side effects I had were very minor.
I'm not a doctor but I'd say if you were to have any worrying side effects you'd get them in the first 1 to days.
You won't be far from home.
I'd just go and enjoy myself
Diagnosed in 2004, had HCV for all my adult life. Until 2016!!!!
Harvoni treatment, started 19 March 2016
4 week results Bilirubin 12 down from 14 pre treatment,
Gamma 25 down from 52, ALT 19 down from 63, AST 19 down from 47,
VL <15 down from a lazy 6 million or so
Bilirubin 10, GGT 18, ALT 19, AST 21, VL UND
12 Weeks post EOT
Bilirubin 11, GGT 16, ALT 22, AST 20, VL UND
Well JF, looks like the votes are in and the tally points toward you going to Spain.
I personally think LondonGirl cast the deciding vote. She's wiser than her years ya know.
She's from the same area as you and makes some excellent suggestions to help alleviate some of your stress and fears over going after having started tx. You could also PM Dr. Freeman to see what he might have to say. He has a lot of experience I'm sure.
Either way, as beaches encourages, just go and enjoy yourself. Don't be like this guy ... ... and I'm not talking about the doctor.
GT1a; Got it some time in the 70's; Diagnosed @1976
SOT May 18, 2016: CMP: AST 162 ALT 241 VL 13000000
3 weeks after SOT: AST 27 ALT 31 VL 138
Reached EOT Aug. 10, 2016 / Received svr4 results Sept. 20, 2016: AST 22 ALT 24
Hep C RNA "NOT DETECTED"
AS OF 3/20/2017 ,Hep C RNA PCR "NOT DETECTED" THAT'S SVR24!
Unfortunately, I have had a small unexpected setback.
My HCV consultant called on Friday to say that my base bloods (Creatinine Level) was too high. I need to have more bloods done to double check.
I have been taking HIV meds for ten years and the consultant is concerned that that medication is affecting my kidney function. She advised not to start until we are sure my kidney function is good as the addition of Harvoni could strain my kidney function further. This may even involve switching HIV meds.
It could also be a false alarm - I've had a few of those before.
Anyhow, I will hold off on starting until we have cleared this up.
I'll keep you updated.
Thanks for your advice!
2 wk: VL UND, ALT 30
37K RNA, ALT 486
Tx begin 20 July 2016