Truvada has been an important drug in the fight against HIV for over a decade, but recent studies show it may be connected to life-threatening injured liver problems. Here’s what Truvada patients need to know.
What Is Truvada?
Truvada (generic name: Emtricitabine-Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate or “TDF”) is a pill taken orally that combines two medicines into one pill to combat HIV (“human immunodeficiency virus”). Initially, Truvada was considered a wonder drug and an important weapon in the fight against HIV. However, studies have shown that some of the side effects of Truvada, while rare, may be serious and even life-threatening.
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What Is Truvada Used for?
Truvada has two uses. In 2004, Truvada was introduced as a drug to treat HIV positive patients controlling the infection so the immune system can function better. For these patients, Truvada is taken in connection with other HIV medications.
A decade later in 2012, the FDA approved the use of Truvada for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Patients who take PrEP Truvada do not have HIV and are attempting to limit their risk of infection.
What does Truvada Do to Your Body?
The two active ingredients in Truvada are part of the class of HIV drugs that block an HIV enzyme. Because Truvada blocks this enzyme, in combination these active ingredients can reduce the amount of HIV in the body and prevent it from increasing. When a person who is not HIV positive takes Truvada for PReP, having the drugs in their system can prevent the infection from starting and multiplying throughout the body.
Once these drugs are in a person’s body, it is very important that users not stop immediately or skip a dose as this can allow HIV to multiply. Common short-term side effects Truvada include:
- Decreased weight
- Fat redistribution around the upper back and trunk
- Abdominal pain
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Does Truvada Cause Liver Damage?
Although rare, Truvada does warn users of more serious side effects, including:
- A buildup of lactic acid in the blood
- Bone problems including pain and softening that can lead to fractures
- Kidney problems
- Severe liver problems
Of all these side effects, Truvada liver damage has been the most prevalent focus of recent research. What was once hailed as a wonder drug in the fight against HIV has many people wondering “Does PrEP damage your liver?” It’s a question without a clear answer, yet. Because Truvada isn’t absorbed into the system as well as other HIV drugs, patients have to take a higher dose.
Truvada Case Studies
Recent studies have shown that while rare among Truvada users, there is an increased amount of liver cancer and end stage liver disease in patients taking the drug. Although only a small percentage of patients in the study were diagnosed with these conditions, disturbingly over half of the patients who were diagnosed died within three months.
A separate study found that Truvada could also be linked to liver inflammation. Scientists have hypothesized that the active ingredients in Truvada may injure the parts of the liver cells that produce energy, leading to liver problems.
Although these studies are alarming, the FDA has not pulled Truvada from US markets. However, many scientists are in agreement that more research is needed into Truvada and its long-term effects. Truvada patients should seek immediate medical attention if they begin to show any injured liver symptoms including:
- eyes or skin turning yellow
- dark-colored urine or light-colored stools
- abdominal pain
- loss of appetite for multiple days
Is There a TDF Case Cutoff Date?
All mass tort or injury cases will have an eventual cutoff date, known as a Statute of Limitations. These dates vary state by state, but typically apply from the date of an accident or injury. However, there are several factors that can extend these limitations in the case of a dangerous drug that can make determining the exact limitation date tricky. For instance, the “Discovery Rule” can postpone the beginning of the limitations period from the date when the victim is wronged to the date in which the victim discovers that there is a causal relationship between the defective condition of a product and the resulting injury. Talk to a dangerous drgus lawyer to learn if the “Discovery Rule” applies to your case.
For this reason, it is advised that you seek legal counsel in cases where you believe you are eligible for compensation due to a defective or dangerous drug.
For Truvada (TDF), we are currently advising anyone who believes they are a victim eligible for compensation to speak with an attorney well in advance of 10/31/20, because this may be the cutoff for filing claims. The earlier you reach out for a free consultation, the sooner we will be able to determine your eligibility and advise you as to what options may be available to protect your rights.
Has Truvada Affected You Or Someone You Love?
Those who suffered liver or other problems after taking Truvada should contact us for a free case evaluation. We work on a contingency-fee basis. If you or a loved one has experienced complications after taking Truvada, you may be eligible to file a claim for medical costs, emotional distress, and further damages. Fill out our free case evaluation form to see if you are eligible for a potential Truvada lawsuit. An experienced attorney at Morris Bart will assist you in the evaluation process. Initial consultations are free. We serve clients from multipleoffice locations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Call us today!
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