THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF HARVONI® – THE HCV CURE
Harvoni® is the drug that is being prescribed by many specialist physicians as the cure for the deadly liver disease hepatitis C. This is a viral infection which affects the liver. This drug is a patented trade mark of the Gilead Sciences Inc. This drug does not provide immediate cure to the patients from the disease. It is usually administered for a period of 8, 12 or 24 weeks depending on the extent of liver damage and other criteria.
Not all drugs are successful in curing just the disease. It may cause some kind of side effects. Some of the common side effects include tiredness, weakness and headache. To prevent themselves from these effects, one must make sure that he/she stays hydrated with enough water, takes short naps, eats balanced diets, avoids loud noises or bright lights and limit caffeinated drinks.
The list of side effects of harvoni® does not end with this. When patients are taking other drugs for other medical problems, the combination of multiple drugs may increase the effects for the patients.
Some symptoms showing that the medicines are allergic to the patients include:
- Confusion and memory problems
- Slower breathing rate
- Lack of energy
- Chest pain
- Difficulty in breathing
- Swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat
- Fainting or near fainting
- Dizziness or light headedness
- Troubled sleep
It is important that the patients consuming the drugs in combination with other drugs observe whether they are facing any of the above mentioned side effects while taking harvoni®. In case of occurrence of any of the above symptoms, he/she should inform the physician immediately and make sure that the other drugs are stopped for the period of harvoni® treatment.