HIV attacks the immune system, slowly destroying the body's ability to fight off infection.
It is prescribed in combination with other anti-HIV drugs when these drugs are not effective by themselves.
Notify your doctor immediately of any changes in your general health.
There is still a danger of serious infections, so you should be sure to see your doctor regularly for monitoring and tests.
Viread does not completely eliminate HIV or totally restore the immune system.
Viread is one of the drugs prescribed to fight HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome).
Viread lowers the amount of HIV in the blood and may help increase the number of T cells, important agents of the immune system that kill microscopic foreign invaders.
Viread staves off the attack by interfering with HIV reverse transcriptase, an enzyme the virus needs to reproduce.
Viread side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
Side effects may include:
- Loss of appetite;
- Abdominal pain;
Viread is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If viread gives you an allergic reaction;
- If you are a woman, are overweight, have liver disease, or have prescribed viread for a long time you are more likely to develop this condition;
- If you develop any signs of lactic acid buildup, including shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and stomach/intestinal pain;
- If you have a kidney condition;
- If you have liver disease;
Do not take Viread with any of the following drugs:
- Valganciclovir (valcyte);
- Valacyclovir (valtrex);
- Ganciclovir (cytovene);
- Cidofovir (vistide);
- Acyclovir (zovirax);
The dose is 300 milligrams (1 tablet) taken once a day with a meal.
No information on overdose of Viread is available.
However any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences.
If you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately.