Welcome to the forum lifepivoting, and congratulations on finally getting your medication . Usually there aren't any problems with US customs, I guess you're one of the few unlucky ones. Drinking plenty of water means that you should drink water more than normal, as it helps avoid the side effects as you said, but of course without going to extremes. Perhaps one of the other members can give a more precise number in terms of quantity per day.
Also, please take your medication at the same time every day just before or with food as it helps with the medication absorption. Get enough rest, eat healthy (and avoid drinking grapefruit if you're being treated with Daclatasvir®). In addition, never take antacids with Harvoni® or Epclusa® generics. Finally, the 'During Treatment' section of the FAQs page has some good information fixhepc.com/frequently-asked-questions.html Best of luck with your treatment.
I 100% agree, drink more water than normal. You'll be done with Hep C by the end of summer!
Remember to post often and/or start your own journey blog. You'll be able to look back and review the incredible path of getting rid of the HCV.
In good health.
Contracted HCV 1980's
Geno Type 1a
F3 ( doc says once treated I'll be F2 maybe F1)
Meds shipped 6/17/2016 arrived early 7/2016
Viral count - 3,471,080
4 week quantitative bloods: August 17, 2016. I have been diagnosed as <15 (told undetected)
8 week quantitative bloods: September 14th. I have been diagnosed as <15 (told undetected)
Congratulations on starting your treatment (and getting them out of US Customs).. You never know if that unwanted expertise might be useful to someone on the forum oneday.
As much as I try I sometimes don't drink enough water so it was a bit of a battle for me to remember to rehydrate while I was on treatment. The headaches would eventually remind me though. I don't know an amount but it is a bit more than usual.
Good luck.....looking forward to reading your posts.
G1a probably early 1980's, Biopsy F1(2010), F2-F3(2015). VL 5+mill; 2+mill (2014) Tx naive. Accessed Sof/Led through Dr Freeman at GP2U and Buyers Club (lifesavers!!!)
Commenced tx 12/11/15. 9 wk: VL <15 Detected but LFT = Normal 12 week results: UND (Yay!) Due to slow response commenced Sof/Dac 4 Feb for 12 weeks. EOT @ 24 weeks 27 April 2016. (With thanks to Dr Freeman et al). SVR11 result: VL 1,950,000. It's back!
New tx 030916 (Viekira Pak, Solvadi, Ribavirin UND @ 111116. EOT 170217.
SVR12 and SVR 24
Life pivoting, From many years of athletics and working in warm and hot weather, you are usually drinking enough water if your urine is a pale yellow.
A rule of thumb for drinking enough water is 8 glasses/8oz, or 2 liters per day.
Drinking too much water can however cause water intoxication or hyponatremia, which is diluting the sodium level in your system.
The benefits of drinking "a lot of water" are:
1. Increases energy and relieves fatigue
2. Promotes weight loss
3. Flushes out toxins
4. Improves skin complexion
5. Maintains regularity
6. Boosts immune system
7. Natural headache remedy
8.Prevents cramps and sprains
The most important aspect of drinking water however is the color of your urine. If it's pate yellow, you should be good.
Good luck of your medications life pivoting. I hope this information is beneficial.