Class: Infection

Viread 

(tenofovir)

Class: Infection
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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Also treats Hepatitis B Virus.

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tenofovir can be a good choice to take within the Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) drug class. It may not be the best choice though for people with kidney problems.

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Upsides

  • Take tenofovir once a day, with or without food.
  • For people who can't swallow the tablet, take the powder instead.
  • tenofovir is used for HIV in kids 2 years and older, and chronic hepatitis B in kids 12 years and older.

Downsides

  • The tenofovir powder can't be mixed in a liquid, so mix into soft food like applesauce and yogurt.
  • The dose of tenofovir depends on how your kidneys work. It is really important to consistently monitor them with your doctor.
How it works

tenofovir stops the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) within important cells of the body by preventing the virus from taking over normal functions of the cell for its own purposes.

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Side effect rates for Viread (tenofovir)

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These are side effects of Viread (tenofovir) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.
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Risks and Warnings for Viread (tenofovir)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women
    • Obesity
    • Liver disease

    tenofovir can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use tenofovir. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

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Common concerns from people taking Viread (tenofovir)

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Kidneys and liver
  • The dose of tenofovir depends on how your kidneys work. It is really important to consistently monitor them with your doctor.
  • Don't take other drugs that can hurt your kidneys while taking tenofovir without talking to your doctor. That sadly includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin, Advil, and Aleve.
  • tenofovir can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use tenofovir. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.
  • Severe worsening of Hepatitis B has been seen in patients who have stopped taking tenofovir. Liver function should be closely watched in people who have both HIV and HBV.
  • tenofovir is removed from the body by the kidney. Kidney (renal) damage, including cases of renal failure and Fanconi syndrome (injury to the tubes inside of the kidney), has been reported with the use of tenofovir. Your doctor must continually monitor the function of your kidneys while you are taking tenofovir.