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Sovaldi

What Is Sovaldi?

Sovaldi is an antiviral medication that utilizes sofosbuvirus. It’s used in hepatitis C patients to put a halt to the replication of the hepatitis C virus’s RNA. Generally, patients are given this drug in combination with an antiviral medication such as ribavirin that boosts the cure rate. Those with chronic hepatitis C won’t benefit from monotherapy with Sovaldi. However, used in conjunction with a therapy program, patients will see amplified results. Not every patient will respond with the same antiviral. Patients require different antivirals depending on the genotype of the hepatitis. The severity of the hepatitis also determines which antiviral is used with it as well. Some patients may require multiple antivirals, which is determined by the severity. Patients can expect to take the drug and other medications for 12 to 24 weeks.

What Should a Patient Tell a Doctor Before Taking Sovaldi?

It’s important for a patient to understand the risks of taking Sovaldi. A patient should inform the physician of any liver problems he or she has besides hepatitis C. Those who have had a liver transplant may not respond well to the drug. Patients who have kidney problems may not be able to take the drug either. The doctor must know if the patient has had HIV or another virus. The physician needs to know about any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins or supplements taken by the patient to ensure a drug interaction won’t occur. Common drugs that may interact with Sovaldi include amiodarone, St. John’s Wort, rifampin or another antiviral. The physician needs to know if the patient is pregnant, plans to become pregnant or is breastfeeding.

How Should a Patient Take Sovaldi?

Currently, Sovaldi is only available as a 400-mg tablet, which may be taken once each day. It’s important for a patient to take it at the same time every day. Patients may take the medication with or without food.

What Happens if a Patient Misses a Dose?

If the patient misses a dose, he or she should take it as soon as he or she remembers. If a patient misses an entire day, he or she should skip the dose and continue on with the rest of the doses as usual. A patient should never take two doses of Sovaldi in one day.

What Happens if a Patient Overdoses on Sovaldi?

Generally, no side effects will occur if a large dosage of the drug is ingested. In clinical trials, the highest recorded overdose was 1,200 mg, and no side effects occurred. Effects of dosages at higher levels aren’t known. It’s important for the patient, or whoever took too much, to contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if an overdose occurs.

How Should a Patient Store Sovaldi?

Patients should store medications in an area where temperatures are less than 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

What Warnings Are Associated With Sovaldi?

Women patients incur a great risk of birth defects and even the death of an unborn child when Sovaldi is taken with ribavirin or pegylated interferon. When on this medication, women must use two forms of birth control simultaneously.

Are Generics Available?

No generic versions of Sovaldi are available at this time on the U.S. market. However, coupons are available to help patients with the high cost of the medication. You may also request a co-pay card via the manufacturer. You can find coupons below for Sovaldi.

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4.2
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3.5
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4.5
I am also having Hepatitis C virus and I am also on Sovaldi as a lot of other people who have Hep C. however, so far I cannot really rate the medicine yet but I still decided to write a review and let you know how it works so far. I am only using it for 2 weeks (and a few days) and I have to say that I’m feeling tired and exhausted all the time. I feel weak and I feel a generalized body sickness. However I hope very much that the drug would work because I am having cirrhosis and I am going into the 4 stage of Hep C which as much as I know it is the end stage and the worst one that is why these side effects would be well worth it if Sovaldi does the job. I am not going to stop using it regardless of the side effects because I need to get cured, however my wife is complaining about the fact that everything I do lately is to lay around and sleep. Nothing else. I do realize that it is true. she says that it is not anything like me. also true. so that’s how I know that it is because of the drug that I feel so exhausted all the time, all day long. I have to say that I am a business man, I’m 60 years old and I used to have a very active lifestyle (except for the last 2 weeks) as I was always getting up at 5 AM and I was running until 9 or 10 PM. I mean, I was just doing my job, not literally running so much, however I was running too. now I can’t do it. I get out of the house (in fact, get out of the bed) only if there is a very serious need for that. anyway, in case this medicine is going to get out this virus then there would be nothing that I would regret about and I am going to take it for half an year to 8 months like the doctor has told me to. as far as having no side effects go, it could not be as bad as it is interferon, however it does have some side effects but once more: they are totally tolerable and they are totally worth if it does the job it should. I think that the very worst part of using Solvadi it is the cost that it has. Reading other people’s reviews online about it is really comforting knowing that so many people found it useful. The only thing that scares me is that as I said – my Hep C is as I said stage 4 which is the final one. as we all know, the final stage of a medical condition is the hardest one to cure. It has the lowest success rate. having that said I am afraid that other people who have found it helpful for Hep C might found it for stage 1, 2, 3 but for me it is not going to be like that. not sure. I just need to wait and see. 
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I am currently on the Solvadi, Ribavirin as well as Inteferon treatment for 5 weeks only and my doctor has told me that the viral load is already zero! It is the first treatment for Hep C that I have ever had and it seems that it goes successfully! I still have to be on this regimen for 7 more weeks, however I am very and very happy with the results already. Doctor said that I should not stop the treatment as the virus might return back but if I complete the treatment then the chances that it will return are very small. And yeah, I do have side effects while being on this regimen because I’m wiped out completely, I am very tired, I can’t even work and so on, however I still think that it is all worth it because the reward is enormous so there’s nothing that I’m complaining about as long as I am cured of Hep C. this drug really seem to do whatever it needs to so this is why I am so happy. Besides, the side effects is a normal occurrence as it has been expected, the body is fighting off the virus and this is a very potent drug, it is near to impossible not to get anything while using it, that is why the side effects are nothing as long as the drug helps to wipe out the virus. So I just wanted to write this review to let others know that this drug is really doing the job so I can recommend to everybody who really wants to get rid of the Hep C. take it and be sure that you’re going to be cured. I’ve researched a bit about it and I have seen that all people being on it found it helpful, there are only very few exceptions who do not find it helpful so just hope that you are not that exception.
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Hey all. Not sure how this drug really is because I have to wait some months until I can say for sure. what is the most important thing about it – whether it cures the Hepatitis C or not. I personally do not really care whether the drug gives side effects, for how much time I have to take it and so on and so forth. What really is important for me is whether does it help and cures the Hepatitis C once and forever? That is why, although I do use this drug now, so far I can’t say whether is a good one or a bad one because as I said – if it cures it then it is a good one but if it doesn’t cure it forever then that’s a bad drug. at least for me. I am currently on the 5th week right now for treating Hep C with Sovaldi. According to my docs at the VA hospital that have done some tests on me not so long ago: my viral load is 0 so it seems that it is a good one, however I won’t say so because I have to wait few more months (after finishing the course) to see if the virus is still there to say it. regarding the side effects (for those who are still interested) I do have some of them: I get extreme rashes (every day) weakness, tiredness and I have been said that my hemoglobin is very low (below 10), HOWEVER, all in all, once again as I already said it above, in case it does help and it makes the virus go away once and forever then it is very well worth absolutely any side effect – no doubts. The side effects are not important for me at all because what’s really important for me is to cure the Virus as I have already been on Interferon 2 times in my life but it did not cured my virus (as you can see). Yeah, it did seemed to help as the last time I have been on it the virus load has been 0 (and I’ve been so happy about that) however the Hep C came back. I guess this is why I am not so happy this time that my virus load is 0. I would really be happy months later after finishing the course and the load still be 0. Really hope that Sovaldi would do it. reading online about it I have got the conclusion that it is one of the best (and maybe even the best) medicine for curing Hep C so if it won’t do it then I am not sure that there would be something that would do it. and yeah, by the way, I am not on Solvadi alone, I take it with Ribavirin. Really really really hope it will help.
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