Have you ever regretted taking a certain medication? Has your prescription ever caused you unexpected trouble? Was it named Truvada? If the answer is yes, you might be one of the many patients that should never take the HIV/AIDS infection prevention drug.
What Is Truvada?
Truvada is a drug that is used for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection in vulnerable groups, such as gay men and injection drug users. It is one of the few drugs that have been known to be successfully used in the prevention of HIV and AIDS.
In short, Truvada is a mix of two powerful drugs.
Commercially known as Emtriva, emtricitabine is a nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) for the treatment of HIV.
Commercially known as Viread, tenofovir is a medication used to treat chronic hepatitis B and HIV. It has been used for a decade now as part of a drug regime that helps prevent HIV in people suffering from the virus.
Who Should Consider Using It?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many other experts around the globe recommend Truvada to teen and adults who have a higher risk of HIV infection, including
- Males who have sex with other males.
- Heterosexual men and women who have high-risk exposure.
- People who inject drugs into their bodies.
- Transgender people
Use of Truvada Could Contribute To the Spreading Of Other STDs
Many doctors, scientists, and health experts, most prominently the researchers who have been working and trying to find a cure for HIV have widely criticized Truvada for being “a party drug” that will increase inappropriate sexual encounters.
Critics and researchers are afraid that Truvada provides people a false sense of security against STDs, leading to less use of condoms, making sex much riskier, and increasing rates of transmission of other STDs like gonorrhea and syphilis.
Truvada is a drug that inhibits the spread of HIV?AIDS through sex but that does not mean you can replace condoms and become even more irresponsible.
Who Should Avoid This Drug?
Truvada is a PrEP drug with many adverse effects. It is not some party pill as people call it. If you are taking this drug, you need to be sure that you are HIV negative because it does not treat the disease but only saves you from contracting it. Other than that, people who are taking NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory drugs should steer clear of taking Truvada.
Also, people prone to the following conditions should avoid taking Truvada:
According to some reports, traces of lactic acidosis are found in people who take Truvada. Lactic acidosis is a buildup of acid inside the body that can become dangerous to life. If one develops symptoms of lactic acidosis, your doctor may recommend you immediately cease your treatment with Truvada.
Symptoms of lactic acidosis may include:
- Muscle cramps
- Respiratory issues
As several people have reported, Truvada may cause or even make your kidney problems worse. As per the standard procedure, your doctor will advise a blood test to check your kidneys before giving you Truvada.
If your kidneys are not working well, the doctor may advise you to change the dosage of Truvada. If your kidney problems are severe, you will be asked to seek Truvada alternatives.
Symptoms of kidney problems can include:
- Muscle or bone pain
- Less urination
To Wrap It Up
Truvada is not a miracle drug. In large doses, it might be toxic. Many healthy people have learned the hard way that Truvada can affect bone density, spur kidney failure, fuel their depression, and affect their sleep with prolonged use.
In fact, Truvada maker Gilead Sciences is now facing at least two lawsuits alleging that it had long known about the drug’s ugly side effects but decided to keep a safer but cheaper alternative – tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), off the market.
Meanwhile, many people have been irreversibly injured by the pill and do not even know that they have grounds for a Truvada lawsuit. If you are a long-time Truvada user and have developed kidney issues and broken or brittle bones, you might be entitled to compensation.
About the author:
Timothy Walton is a law school graduate and a freelance blogger with a knack for self-sufficiency. He also has three successful home business ideas under his belt. Currently, Timothy is working as a collaborative editor for Ben Crump Law Firm. In his free time, when he is not strolling outside his lake house in rural Georgia with his two Labs, Rex and Lucilla, he is either trying his hand at writing a novel or daydreaming about his next nomadic adventure.