What You Should Know About TDF

What You Should Know About TDF

Patients diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and prescribed medication to manage the infection or those who were prescribed medication to prevent HIV may be at risk of developing severe side effects.

What is TDF?

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) is a drug marketed under the names Truvada, Atripla, Complera, Stribild, and Viread by the drug manufacturer, Gilead. TDF is used to treat HIV and hepatitis B infections. The drug is also used to help individuals prevent or reduce the chances of getting HIV. Doctors call this use of the drug pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.

How does TDF work?

HIV attacks the immune cells that help your body fight infections. TDF works by blocking the pathways viruses use to spread infection. Taking TDF for PrEP means the medication will already be in the bloodstream and can possibly stop the virus from establishing itself and slow the spread of HIV.

Harmful Side Effects

Patients taking TDF may develop lactic acidosis, or a buildup of lactic acid in the blood. This can cause severe liver problems, kidney failure, and bone injuries. Some patients have developed chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, and some have developed a loss of bone density.

What You Should Know

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is facing many lawsuits after some patients taking TDF medications developed these severe side effects. If you took a TDF medication and subsequently developed kidney disease or a loss of bone density, you may be entitled to compensation. You should contact an experienced attorney as soon as you can. There may be a time limit to file your case.

Contact Baron & Budd

If you are thinking of taking action against Gilead, the attorneys at Baron & Budd can help you. Baron & Budd has a long track record of success in cases such as these. If you or someone you know took a medication containing TDF and developed kidney disease or bone density loss afterward, we may be able to help. Please call 866-723-1890 or contact us online to learn more.

The content of this article is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your physician prior to discontinuing use of any prescribed medication.

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