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Viread

What is Viread

Viread is an antiviral medication. It is in a category of HIV medicines called nucleotide analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Viread inhibits the reproduction of HIV in the body.

Viread is used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Viread is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Viread may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Viread

Lactic acidosis (the build up of lactic acid in the body) and severe liver problems, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of reverse transcriptase inhibitors similar to Viread, alone or in combination. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, or unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort; weakness and tiredness; shortness of breath; weakness in the arms and legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pain in the upper stomach area. These may be early symptoms of lactic acidosis or liver problems.

Follow your doctor's instructions with respect to high-risk activities such as unprotected sex and the sharing of needles. Viread is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, and you can still transmit the virus to others during treatment with this medication.

What you should find out before taking Viread

Lactic acidosis (the build up of lactic acid in the body) and severe liver problems, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of reverse transcriptase inhibitors similar to Viread, alone or in combination. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, or unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort; weakness and tiredness; shortness of breath; weakness in the arms and legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pain in the upper stomach area. These may be early symptoms of lactic acidosis or liver problems.

Do not take Viread without first talking to your doctor if you have
- bone problems;
- kidney disease; or
- liver disease.

You may not be able to take Viread, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have liver disease.

Viread is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Viread without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is very important to treat HIV/AIDS during pregnancy to reduce the risk of infecting the baby. Talk to your doctor about treatment options.

It is not known whether Viread passes into breast milk and

What effect it may have on a nursing baby. To prevent transmission of the virus to uninfected babies, it is recommended that HIV-positive mothers not breast-feed their babies.

How should take Viread

Take Viread exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Viread is usually taken once a day with or without food. Follow your doctor's instructions.

It is important to take Viread regularly to get the most benefit.

Treatment of HIV/AIDS almost always requires the use of two or more drugs. If you need to stop taking one of the medicines you are taking for HIV, you should stop all of them until you can talk to your doctor.

Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with Viread to monitor progress and side effects.

Store Viread tablets and solution at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor directs otherwise.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

The symptoms of an Viread overdose are not known.

Avoid while taking Viread

Viread may interact with other medications resulting in reduced effectiveness and/or side effects. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, including herbal products.

Follow your doctor's instructions with respect to high-risk activities such as unprotected sex and the sharing of needles. Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like a toothbrush or razor blade. Viread is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, and you can still transmit the virus to others during treatment with this medication.

Possible side effects of Viread

Lactic acidosis (the build up of lactic acid in the body) and severe liver problems, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of reverse transcriptase inhibitors similar to Viread, alone or in combination. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, or unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort; weakness and tiredness; shortness of breath; weakness in the arms and legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pain in the upper stomach area. These may be early symptoms of lactic acidosis or liver problems.

If you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives), stop taking Viread and seek emergency medical attention.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Notify your doctor if you experience
- nausea;
- diarrhea;
- vomiting;
- flatulence (gas); or
- changes in body fat (e.g., increased fat in the upper back, neck, breast, and trunk and loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face).

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Viread

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Viread. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, during treatment with Viread.

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