Truvada Side Effects
There are approximately 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, and an estimated 38,700 people became newly infected with HIV in 2016.
Over 80 percent of people currently using or planning to use prescription drugs to control human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States take at least one drug from the manufacturer.
Five drugs from the company—Truvada, Complera, Viread, Atripla, and Stribild—all contain tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and have been linked to a number of serious side effects including kidney failure, decreased bone density, lactic acidosis, and kidney and liver problems. When taken in large doses over a long period of time, TDF can be highly toxic, and while the drugs are effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV and also treating the virus, many individuals are suffering from severe medical problems that impact all facets of their life. Victims of these unsafe medications have legal rights and options and the defective drug attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are ready to listen to your story.
Advances in HIV prevention and treatment are remarkable, especially when you consider where we were a mere 30 years ago. The freedom and peace of mind these new drugs have given people with HIV and others wanting to prevent it has been monumental. Unfortunately, Gilead Sciences, Inc. put profit above the well-being of those who took their drugs in good faith.
If you or a loved one has experienced severe side effects like severe bone loss or kidney and liver failure from taking Truvada, Viread, or any other HIV medication, you need legal representation as soon as possible.
At Parker Waichman LLP, our hearts break with victims and their families when they discover that a drug they believed would help them actually caused them serious harm. You may be entitled to financial compensation to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages related to these side effects. To schedule a free and confidential consultation about your legal options, contact us today by calling 1-800-951-7000 and take the first step in holding this negligent drug company responsible.
Side Effects of Truvada and Other TDF Drugs
In combination with other drugs and therapies to treat HIV, Truvada is a mixture of emtricitabine and tenofovir and works by decreasing the level of the virus present in the body to strengthen the individual’s immune system. And while there is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS, the makers of Truvada claimed it significantly lowers the risk of developing life-threatening complications associated with the diseases. For many, Truvada appeared to be a life-saving drug and a miraculous breakthrough. Unfortunately, the revelation of these serious side effects brought those dreams crashing down to Earth.
Although the medication contains warnings of “kidney damage, which may lead to kidney failure, a decrease in bone mineral density and mineralization, and lactic acidosis,” victims are alleging that Gilead Sciences, Inc. knowingly manufactured a defective product and didn’t properly inform patients of all the risks. Believing that a drug can prevent and treat a terrible disease that has affected so many people just to find out it actually cause more damage is devastating and the lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP want you to know that you are not alone.
Some common side effects from taking Truvada on a regular basis include:
- Abnormal dreams or difficulty sleeping
- Abdominal pain
- Trouble breathing
- Fatigue or weakness
- Muscle and joint pain
- Itching or skin rash
- Stomach pain and nausea
- Unexplained weight loss
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge patients to call their doctors if any of the above symptoms become severe or do not go away within a month of taking Truvada.
Along with the relatively minor complications listed above, Truvada has also reportedly been linked to the following serious complications:
Kidney Problems or Kidney Failure
Truvada was intended to be taken in high doses for a long period of time. The kidneys are responsible for removing drugs from the body, and when it has to do this over the course of months or years, it puts an inordinate amount of stress on the organ. This can eventually cause kidney damage, and eventually, kidney failure and death.
If you experience any of the following symptoms and take Truvada or any other HIV medication, seek medical attention immediately to avoid further complications:
- Decreased urine
- Easy bleeding
- Itchy skin and eyes
- Diminished mental alertness
- Mental cramps
- Numb sensation
- Change in skin color
- Abnormal thirst
- Trouble concentrating
Along with kidney problems, these drugs can also cause liver problems including:
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Dark-colored urine
- Loss of appetite for multiple days
- Light-colored bowel movements
- Stomach pains and nausea
Loss of Bone Density and Osteoporosis
For many people taking Truvada, a common serious complication is a decrease in bone density that can eventually lead to a serious condition called osteoporosis. This bone disease atrophies bones making them brittle and weak, a condition related to high doses of this medication. When bones are weak and brittle, it can lead to the thinning of bones and increase the risk of serious fractures, discomfort in extremities, and muscle pain or weakness.
Most people have only heard of lactic acid when explaining why our muscles are sore after a workout. If too much lactic acid enters the blood, there can be serious complications, including death. The kidneys filter lactic acid out of the body and if they are weakened from Truvada, Complera, or Viread, they may not work as well and can fail to remove lactate from the bloodstream causing the following symptoms:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cold or blue hands and feet
- Shortness of breath
- Fast or abnormal heartbeat
- Nausea and stomach pain
- Unusual muscle pain
The list of complications related to Truvada and other HIV medication containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) is extensive and frightening. If you are suffering from even one of the above side effects you may be eligible for financial compensation from the drug manufacturer. After seeking medical attention to treat your symptoms, contact a drug defect attorney right away to discuss your case.
What Gilead Knew and Hid From Consumers
The majority of these mass tort lawsuits claim that the manufacturer of these drugs, Gilead Sciences, Inc., had knowledge that the five drugs it manufactured could have serious side effects but did not properly warn doctors and patients of the possible dangers. When side effects are disclosed, doctors and patients can make calculated, informed medical decisions. Unfortunately, to improve their bottom line, Gilead Sciences, Inc. put the pursuit of profits and loyalty to its shareholders over the health and wellbeing of people like you.
Along with knowing the drugs were toxic when taken for a long period of time, the lawsuits also claim the drug company sought a safer version of TDF after the chemical was approved by the FDA in 2001. The alternative drug, tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), is more easily absorbed by the body and could be administered in lower doses. At the time, TDF and Truvada had been recently patented, giving it years of protection from generic brands allowing Gilead to charge higher prices. By hiding these facts, Gilead Sciences Inc. put thousands of people at severe risk of osteoporosis, kidney damage, and fatal lactic acidosis.
Compensation Available to You
People who suffered from the harmful side effects of Truvada and other TDF drugs manufactured by Gilead have the right to expect fair compensation for the losses they have and will incur in the future. The costs of seeking treatment and other unexpected financial stresses can be crippling, and you should not have to pay out of pocket for the harm caused by a defective drug.
Our Truvada lawsuit attorneys will seek fair compensation for:
- Medical treatment (past and future)
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential
- Pain, suffering, and stress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
If someone close to you took Truvada and died due to its harmful side effects, our Truvada lawyers could help you and other surviving family members file a wrongful death claim against the drugmaker.
Contact a Truvada Injury Lawyer Today
Chronic kidney disease, bone-complications, and other severe side effects associated with Truvada use can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on your life. Because Gilead Sciences, Inc. failed to warn you of the harm you might sufffer, they should be the ones to pay for the losses you have and will suffer. The Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Parker Waichman LLP are committed to helping you get the full and fair compensation that the drugmaker owes you for the harm you’ve suffered and losses you’ve incurred.
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