Nov 15, 2001
I have never heard of this drug, could you tell me what the side effects are?
Response from Dr. Henry
Viread is the brand name for a recently FDA approved antiretroviral agent called tenofovir. It is taken as one small pill/day and has modest antiHIV activity. The good news is that-so far- side effects have been very minimal and the drug is often active even in the setting of virus with considerable resistance. Headache, dizziness, and fatigue are infrequently reported. There is concern about possible bone and kidney problems but monitoring so far has not turned up any abnormalities. Bottom-line: tenovovir is a new drug (thus not lots of experience) that is easy to take with few side effects that will get used a fair amount in persons who have failed previous regimens. We are still waiting results of studies where it has been used in the initial treatment regimen. KH
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