Everything that you need to know about Truvada – HIV prevention drug
For decades, chronic untreatable diseases like HIV/AIDS have been affecting humans and inflicting suffering. Taking a great toll on the body, HIV attacks the human immune system, making it susceptible to more diseases and illnesses. For many years, doctors and researchers have been trying to develop treatments and vaccines for this deadly infection. And quite recently, they developed Truvada, the first breakthrough towards prevention.
How does Truvada work?
Truvada, although still in its initial stages, works on the principle or PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis). The drug basically is for HIV negative people, which fights and protects the body from the infection in the first place.
Jumping into the chemical composition, Truvada primarily consists of two pharmaceutical compounds – emtricitabine and tenofovir. So far, the treatment has been used to suppress the spread and effects of HIV on infected patients. To suppress or control the infection, Truvada interacts and blocks reverse transcriptase (which our body, as well as the virus, uses to replicate genetic material).
What’s PrEP treatment and how does it work?
PrEP treatment is a highly recommended action plan and proposed HIV prevention method for people with a high risk of infection. People opting for a PrEP treatment are prescribed to take a regular dose of Truvada. Since the drug does not stay in the body for long and also for the body to develop immunity against the virus, regular medication is necessary. Irregular medication beats the purpose and the virus may become resilient to the treatment.
PrEP treatment does not make the users immune to the virus, or offer protection against STDs. So the users must follow other protective processes and protection against STDs.
Concerns with using Truvada
Like all other drugs, Truvada is known to have some side effects alongside the benefits it offers. Some of these are minor, while others are fatal and concerning. Some of the common side effects of regular use of the drug include headaches, dizziness, nausea, back pain and skin itchiness. However, side effects like sleeping troubles, affect on the body, depression and its degrading impact on kidney health and bones is a major concern.
There have been many reports of people experiencing loss of appetite, anxiety and blood urine as well. Numerous cases have been reported for Truvada leading to loss of bone density and leading to osteoporosis.
Lawsuit against Truvada
Across the US, numerous lawsuits and class actions are filed against the pharmaceutical company for Truvada. The cases claim that the drug has significant side effects and design defects. Many Truvada lawyers have also claimed that the company failed to disclose warnings and critical information from patients and doctors.
Some lawsuits have also accused the company of withholding a safer and reliable drug and is, in turn, exploiting the need of the hour.
If you or someone you know are suffering from the side effects of this drug and need legal assistance, get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney right away.