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Ibuprofen and Viread
Mar 29, 2004

I have heard that Viread can affect the kidneys, and so too can Ibuprofen. Is taking these two drugs dangerous? I experience headaches from Viread, and take Ibuprofen to help alleviate it. Thank you for your help!

Response from Dr. Conway

To date, Viread has affected the kidneys in any significant way in people taking it in salvage therapy, and then almost always (if not always) when there were other factors contributing to kidney problems. In large numbers of drug-naive patients taking Viread, there have been no cases of significant nephrotoxicity.

It is true that Ibuprofen can, in a small number of cases, cause kidney problems. However, if your renal function is normal to start with, I would not worry about combining the Viread and Ibuprofen, especially if this is first line therapy.

It would probably be a good idea to get a blood test to monitor your renal function right now, and repeat it in one month, to make sure everything is OK.

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