Are there any risks in taking Viread?

The most serious risks associated with taking Viread (tenofovir) include lactic acidosis (a buildup of lactic acid in the blood) and liver damage. People with liver or kidney disease, congestive heart failure or those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol may be at elevated risk of lactic acidosis. Women, people who are obese and those who have been taking Viread or similar medications for an extended period of time, may also be at elevated risk of developing either lactic acidosis or liver problems while taking this medication. The use of Viread also may worsen certain existing medical conditions, including bone problems and kidney or liver disease. When you first start taking Viread, there is also a risk that dormant infections may flare up, as your newly strengthened immune system attempts to fight them.

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