Real HARVONI patient stories

More people have been prescribed HARVONI to cure their Hep C than any other advanced treatment regimen.* Read and hear their stories below.

HARVONI is a prescription medicine used with or without ribavirin to treat chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C genotype 1, 4, 5 or 6 infection. It is not known if HARVONI is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

Check back for updates—we'll add more HARVONI stories as they come in. If you've undergone treatment for Hep C with HARVONI, share your story and help inspire others to take the next step.

*Based on retail pharmacy prescription data (IMS New to Brand™) for US patients starting Hep C treatment with advanced treatment regimens (including direct-acting antiviral medicines) from 5/2011–9/2016.

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Not yet working with a Hep C Specialist?

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Hepatitis C is not hanging over my head anymore. It's really an awesome feeling.

Charlotte Stewart is an avid traveler, hands-on grandmother, and active hepatitis C advocate. When she was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1998 during a routine blood test, she was shocked. Although limited treatment regimens were available at the time, Charlotte tried five different regimens over the course of 15 years, but none were successful in making the virus undetectable in her body, or curing her of it, and some caused debilitating side effects.

In 1999, Charlotte began volunteering for the American Liver Foundation (ALF) in Memphis to learn more about hepatitis C and treatment options. After moving to Nashville in 2006, she got involved with the local ALF chapter and started a support group for others affected by the virus. When she later learned about a clinical trial for HARVONI, Charlotte enrolled for 12 weeks of treatment and was nearly in disbelief to see her viral load was undetectable at four weeks. It remained undetectable when measured three months after completing treatment, meaning Charlotte was finally cured.

Charlotte enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She remains active as a board member and volunteer with the ALF in Nashville and is also a member of the ALF's Hep C Patient Advisory Committee where she continues to draw on her experience to provide hope to others with the disease.

It's such a relief to be cured of this disease.

William was a long-distance truck driver for 38 years. One day in the early nineties, while waiting for cargo to be loaded onto the truck, he noticed a mobile blood drive and decided to pass the time by making a donation. Unbeknownst to him, his blood was routinely tested for several diseases. Weeks later, he received a letter informing him that he had hepatitis C, also known as Hep C. William isn't certain when or how he contracted the virus, but he wasn't surprised that he had it. He knew many people living with Hep C and, for a while, didn't care about having it. While William didn't experience any symptoms other than fatigue, his liver was slowly being damaged. He decided against treatment early on because he was fearful of the challenging side effects associated with the treatments at that time.

In 2015, over 20 years after he received the letter from the blood bank, William's Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare provider talked to him about the importance of getting treatment for his Hep C. While he wasn't completely convinced when the doctor told him he could be cured, he agreed to begin treatment. William took HARVONI for 12 weeks as prescribed, and at his post-treatment three-month checkup, the virus was undetectable in his blood—meaning he was cured. William was thrilled to be cured. His biggest surprise, though, was the overwhelming sense of relief he felt.

Now retired from the trucking industry, William works part-time as an entertainment producer. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and enjoys spending his free time with his grandchildren.

HARVONI is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C (Hep C) genotype (GT) 1, 4, 5 or 6 infection with or without cirrhosis (compensated). In those with GT 1 and advanced cirrhosis (decompensated) or with GT 1 or 4 with or without cirrhosis (compensated) who have had a liver transplant, HARVONI is used with ribavirin.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about HARVONI?

HARVONI can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Hepatitis B virus reactivation: Before starting HARVONI treatment, your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check for hepatitis B infection. If you have ever had hepatitis B, the hepatitis B virus could become active again during and after treatment with HARVONI. This may cause serious liver problems, including liver failure and death. If you are at risk, your healthcare provider will monitor you during and after taking HARVONI.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking HARVONI?

  • Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you have ever had hepatitis B infection, liver problems other than hepatitis C infection, or a liver transplant; if you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis; if you have HIV; or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed. It is not known if HARVONI will harm your unborn baby or pass into your breast milk. If you take HARVONI with ribavirin, you should also read the ribavirin Medication Guide for important pregnancy-related information.
  • Tell your healthcare provider and pharmacist about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. HARVONI and certain other medicines may affect each other, or may cause side effects.

What are the possible side effects of HARVONI?

Serious side effects may also include:

  • Slow heart rate (bradycardia): HARVONI, when taken with amiodarone (Cordarone®, Nexterone®, Pacerone®), a medicine used to treat certain heart problems, may cause slow heart rate, which in some cases has led to death or the need for a pacemaker. Get medical help right away if you take amiodarone with HARVONI and get any of the following symptoms: fainting or near-fainting, dizziness or lightheadedness, not feeling well, weakness, extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pains, confusion, or memory problems.

The most common side effects of HARVONI include tiredness, headache and weakness.

Please see Important Facts about HARVONI including Important Warning.