Hi Chris, welcome to the forum and congratulations on starting treatment. Mavyret is an excellent medication with very mild side effects, you shouldn't be scared at all. You should also be very optimistic about your chances of getting rid of this terrible virus as Mavyret delivers very high cure rates.
I believe that it's totally fine to cut the pill into 2 halves on a clean surface if you're having trouble with its size.
Here are some recommendations for you to follow during treatment :
1. Drink plenty of water as it really helps eliminate/minimize any potential side effects.
2. Take your medication at the same time every day just before or with food, as it helps with the medication absorption.
3. Try to get enough rest and eat healthy (plenty of fruits and vegetables). There are no foods to be avoided when taking Mavyret.
4. If you're currently taking other medications as well, be careful they do not interact with Mavyret. The following webpage will tell you about any potential medication interactions www.hep-druginteractions.org/checker
Additionally, the 'During Treatment' section of the FAQs page fixhepc.com/frequently-asked-questions.html has some more detailed information.
Best of luck with your treatment Chris and keep us updated on your progress.
The manufacturers decided it would be easier for patients to take 3 smaller pills than one big one so I doubt you will need to make them even smaller. You can, if required, crush them but they will taste foul - like the taste of a Tylenol/Panadol if you chew it.
If you've only had Hep C for four years your liver will not have much damage and will recover fully.
I have a prediction - you will take the pills, you will get cured, and you will ook back and wonder what your were worrying about.
How can I say that? Well, I've treated nearly 4000 Hep C patients and that's the way the story goes for just about everyone.
The great thing about this forum is that you are not alone. Hep C is not the sort of thing most people talk to their friends about but here you can ask anything and you'll find sympathetic support from people who been in your shoes and walked the walk.
While I can't promise you a prince or a princess at the end of the journey, these new drugs are a bit of a fairytale and there is a lot of the "lived happily ever after".