HIV Medication Side Effects

HIV Litigation Attorneys™ filed the first lawsuits in the country regarding Gilead’s dangerous HIV drugs, citing their failure to warn patients as one of many reasons they owe our clients financial restitution. If you or a loved one have been harmed by TDF HIV medication side effects, contact our law office to learn more about how you can get involved with the litigation. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering.

Bone Injuries

The first lawsuit filed against HIV drug-maker Gilead was by a 35-year-old and a 59-year-old who appeared to have bone loss comparable to that of an 85-year-old. We allege that these side effects were directly related to the use of HIV medication that contained TDF for several years. Bone injuries associated with HIV drugs include:

  • Osteopenia – Weaker than normal bones, characterized by pain, loss of height and posture, and increased fracture susceptibility. Treatment can help the 44 million Americans with osteopenia, but it can’t be cured.
  • Osteoporosis – Bones so porous that a minor fall, coughing fit, or sneeze could cause one or more of the bones to break.
  • Bone fractures –TDF (found in Atripla, Complera, Stribild, Truvada, and Viread) increased bone loss by an average of 1-2% in clinical studies.

Kidney Injuries

Plaintiffs are also filing lawsuits against Gilead for alleged kidney injuries resulting from HIV medication usage, including:

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) – Declining kidney function can affect your ability to clean your blood, filter out excess water, and control your blood pressure. After three months of diminished function, doctors diagnose chronic kidney disease, which can progress to end-stage kidney failure. Patients will die without a transplant or routine dialysis.
  • Acute kidney injury (AKI) or acute renal failure (ARF) – Acute kidney injury or renal failure occurs when there is a buildup of waste products in the blood, thus impairing the balance of fluids in the body. This serious medical condition requires immediate treatment to ensure that the kidneys do not sustain permanent impairment.
  • Fanconi syndrome – Fanconi Syndrome is a rare kidney tube disorder, where substances that should be absorbed into the bloodstream through the kidneys are released into the urine instead. Most people do not realize they have the syndrome until they suffer pain, bone fracture, and/or muscle weakness.
  • Tubular dysfunction – Renal tubular disorders lead to fluid loss, electrolyte abnormalities, and acid-base homeostasis. Without prompt treatment, renal tubular dysfunction can cause kidney stones, muscle weakness, fatigue, painful urination, vomiting, and pain.

What to Do If You or a Loved One Have Been Hurt From the Side Effects of HIV Meds

Have you experienced bone injury, kidney injury or other serious side effects from HIV medications? Contact HIV Litigation Attorneys™ to discuss your full set of options, free of charge. You pay us nothing unless we agree to represent your case — AND WIN.

Additional HIV Meds Side Effects Resources:

  1. National Osteoporosis Foundation – Fast Facts, https://cdn.nof.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Osteoporosis-Fast-Facts.pdf
  2. POZ – HIV Bones Basics, https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/hiv-bones
  3. Truvada: The Potentially Life Threatening Drug Recommended to Healthy Gay Men, https://www.bgdblog.org/2014/02/truvada-potentially-life-threatening-drug-recommended-healthy-gay-men/
  4. The AIDS Institute – Important Safety Information for Uninfected Individuals, https://www.theaidsinstitute.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Important_Safety_Information_for_Uninfected_Individuals.pdf
  5. NY Health Department – Managing HIV Drug Side Effects, https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9408.pdf