Compare Viread vs. Pegasys

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

Viread (tenofovir) is a first-line choice to be used in combination with other medications to treat HIV. Viread (tenofovir) is also a first-line choice in treating HBV.

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Upsides
  • Can be used with other medications to prevent HIV infection after an exposure.
  • Taken only once daily, with or without food.
  • There are newer formulations of Viread (tenofovir) available that are safer on your kidneys.
  • If tablets are hard for you to swallow, Viread (tenofovir) is available in a powder that's mixed with soft foods.
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Downsides
  • Viread (tenofovir) can't be used on its own to treat HIV infection.
  • Not recommended for patients with kidney damage.
  • Can weaken your bones.
  • Might worsen hepatitis B infections if you suddenly stop taking it.
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Used for
  • Active type B viral hepatitis
  • Chronic Hepatitis C
  • Chronic
  • In patients with compensated liver disease - HIV infection Hepatitis C
  • Chronic
  • Interferon alfa-naive
  • With compensated liver disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Chronic
  • Interferon alfa/ribavirin nonresponders
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Powder
  • Injection
Price
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Nausea
    9%
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The Pegasys (Peginterferon Alfa-2A) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity
  • Cannot be used to treat Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
    • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • Mood and behavior changes
    • History of mental illness
  • Decreased bone mineral density
    • History of bone fractures
    • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney damage
    • History of kidney damage
    • Concurrent use of other drugs known to harm kidneys
  • Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions
    • Prior severe allergic reaction to Viread (tenofovir) or any of its individual drug components.
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