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Tenofovir Side Effects And Kidney Stones

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Tenofovir (Viread)

What Is Tenofovir? Tenofovir (Viread), also called bis-POC PMPA, is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is manufactured by Gilead Sciences. The FDA approved tenofovir for use against HIV in October 2001. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). Tenofovir is a nucleotide analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or nuke. These drugs stop HIV from multiplying by preventing the reverse...
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taken truvada for a month & possesing kidney stones

hi sir/mam iam 25 year old male from south india iam hiv negative ....last year in the month of october i started taking truvada for 30 days ..i stopped truvada there after but after 1 month ie on november i was diagnosed with 2 kidney stones on...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting from India.While kidney stones are a well characterized side effect of some HIV medications (indinavir, atazanavir, and rarely, with efavirenz), they are not associated with tenofovir (part of Truvada). It's... Read more »

kidney stones and Atripla

I've a friend and I are both taking Atripla for over a year. I understand that kidney failure could be one of the side effects. My friend found out about a month a go he had a kidney stone. Today he was told he had stones in both kidneys...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Some antiretrovirals, such as Crixivan, have been associated with kidney stones. However, please note the vast majority of kidney stones are not related to HIV drugs. Atripla has not been associated with kidney stones; however, tenofovir, one... Read more »

Kidney stones

I have a history of kidney stones. I have been on Atripla for almost two years. Are kidney stones a side effect of Atripla. My stones have been getting worst since I have been on the medicine. I have had six litho's in the past year an a half...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Kidney stones have been shown to be a side effect of certain HIV meds - most notoriously Crixivan (indinavir) and Reyataz (atazanavir), which can crystalize in the urine. However, the medications in Atripla are not linked to kidney stones and do... Read more »

Kidney stones and best HAART regimen

I have been diagnosed with kidney stones, and have recently had two lipostripsy procedures, but there are still some small fragments of stones remaining. During this 6-month period, my creatinine levels elevated to a range of 1.3 to 1.7. Because of...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Changing medication is certainly a consideration in view of the issues that you have described. It sounds like the decreased kidney function is more related to the kidney stones rather than the Truvada. An alternative to changing to Epzicom would be... Read more »
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Anybody out there on Intellence and Epzicom? I'm new to Epzicom. I had to stop Truvada, because of kidney function issues. I'm having a bit of a hard time adjusting to the Epzicom...nausea, lethargy, and just not "feeling right." Any information... Read more »

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