Maggie's Treatment Diary

I have been chosen, by the flip of a coin or something similar, to be in Group C, 12 weeks of drugs, 4 drugs in a combination of

ABT-450 100mg 2 tablets in the morning.
Ritonavir 100mg 1 capsule in the morning, and yes it is a capsule so big I must look like a snake that has swallowed a cow or a water melon for those veggies amongst you!
ABT-267 25mg 1 tablet in the morning
Ribavirin 1000mg 2 tablets in the morning and 3 in the evening

This drug combination must be taken at precisely the same time every day as past trials show irregular dosing does not have the same effect as timed dosing. Live yoghurt is recommended to take on any combination of hep c treatment as it lines the tummy and allows slow absorption of medication and lessens the side effects.

Week 4
2 April 2012
Tuesday 27th March 2012. Day 29 of Trials.

Results from Tuesday 20th. Trail Day 22. Viral Load <25.

Yes, very disappointed that it was still detectable. Yes my suspicious mind was working overtime re: Placebo in my last entry. The headaches have gone, I get a bit ‘ratty’ about tea time. I have noticed that I bruise easily and they go black/blue my skin is suffering not itching but I just look a bit run down, sort of ‘winter skin’. My haemoglobin levels have dropped with would explain the breathlessness and general fatigue but nothing I can’t live with and I know its only for a few months, I have had a sore throat and a bit of a dry mouth with a slight bitter taste still I never have needed an excuse to have ‘another cup of tea’.

They gave me a new batch of meds yesterday, they changed them two weeks ago so it will be interesting to see if any of the side effects rear their ugly heads again, no it won’t be in my mind as I never read contraindications on meds bottles of any kind I just take them and let my body decide if it likes it or not!

My appointments are now every 2 weeks, I will update my results as I get them but my next diary entry will be on or around 10th April. Till then I wish everyone well and keep positive thoughts and enjoy the sunshine. Nick, Sophie and Elizabeth, I wish you well on your trials and enjoy reading your diary’s, good luck.

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