Viread is the brand name for the antiretroviral medicine called Tenofovir. This prescription medicine belongs to the group of adenosine nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), and acts by reducing the viral reproduction of the HIV strain.
This medication may be used by both kids and adults for the treatment of HIV infections and for chronic Hepatitis B. Viread prevents the reproduction of viral strain, thus decreasing the symptoms of the infection. The biological half-life of this drug is approximately 17 hours.
Medical experts have revealed that the regular use of Viread can decreased the risk of viral transmission, particularly in the patients with a high risk of being infected with HIV because of their profession or health state.
Viread can’t cure the illness fully, but can help you to fight it successfully. This is essential in increasing the quality of life for people with HIV. Long-term or chronic Hepatitis B can be also treated by this medicine, which is intended for the patients over the age of 18.
You should take the drug strictly according to the doctor’s prescription. The dosage depends on your weight and age. The dose can’t be changed without the doctor’s approval.
It is essential to take the drug at the same time, irrespective of the mealtime, to make sure its effectiveness remains the same. Monitor closely for any alterations in weight and do the blood tests regularly to prevent any complications.
Viread may cause serious side effects in patients with kidney/liver diseases or bone problems. They should inform the doctor about these problems.
The most common minor adverse effects include:
If you note such moderate to severe symptoms as a new infection, weight change, liver diseases, etc., seek immediate medical assistance.
Patients with the allergy to the main active component of Viread must not take it. If you’re pregnant, you should ask your doctor about the safety of this medicine to prevent the possible risk to the fetus.
The use of Viread may cause certain adverse effects because of the accumulation of certain elements in your kidneys and liver. These can become worsened if the medicine is mixed with the similar antiretroviral drugs or antibiotics that may negatively affect your kidneys or liver.
Inform your doctor about any drugs you’re taking, including the herbal supplements, arthritis drugs and non-prescription pills to prevent the harmful interactions.
The use of certain drugs can decrease the effectiveness of Tenofovir, which may be prevented by disclosing your medical history to the doctor.