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Lucinda Porter, RN

Epclusa has a very long half-life - it can take up to 2 months to fully eliminate. That said, I am not sure what you mean by "inflammation" pr that it comes back. Would you mind moving this question to the Hep Forums so we can explore more fully? Thanks!

May 28, 2019 CA


I finished the 12 week treatment of Epclusa three weeks ago. I was wondering how long it takes for the drug to clear the system. Al the body pain has ended, and I don't have many symptoms that others have mentioned. The inflammation is the hard part to get rid of. I am currently taking prednisone for the inflammation. But as I decrease my doses every ten days I notice that the inflammation comes back. How long will it take before all the symptoms are cleared up?

May 27, 2019 Sacramento

Lucinda Porter, RN

Dandy - Drug-related hair loss usually takes 6 to 12 weeks to occur, so the hair loss is likely due to something that occurred in that time frame. Stress will do it, although you could also have a medical cause (such as thyroid or too many supplements) that might need some attention. If it is stress (or a fever) your hair will likely start growing back 6 to 12 weeks after you are done losing it.

February 21, 2019


I'm hoping my thinning hair will get thicker and my flaky , brittle nails will improve. My energy seems a lot better and i'm only 2 weeks into my treatment. I also had a life event that snapped me out of a lot of stress , tho, a couple months prior to rx starting. So, emotionally and physically i'm definitely going to have 2019 as the best year ever. I started working out. I want to try kayaking this summer. I'm 63yo.

February 21, 2019 Colorado


I'm so glad to have found this site. I finished Mavyret 3 weeks ago and feel worse today than when I started. I've had 2 sets of labs and have been undetectable since the 4th week of an 8-week course of treatment. I'm 62 & almost one year clean and sober. I've struggled with addiction, depression and anxiety issues since adolescence. I tested positive for Hep C 30 years ago as I was an IV drug user and have been HIV positive since 1985. I have never felt so lousy as I do now. Thanks

October 4, 2018 Los Angeles

Lucinda Porter RN

This is not related as the medications have been out of your body for a very long time.

May 9, 2018 CA

Lucinda Porter, RN

Assuming you were on direct-acting antivirals and not on ribavirin, this is something else entirely. The medications have been out of your body for a very long time.

May 9, 2018 CA

Let go fishing

I finished my medication about four months ago and now when I walk I get sore muscles And my joints ache

May 6, 2018 Maine


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