What are the side effects of Viread?

Viread (tenofovir) has a number of potential side effects. Serious side effects that require immediate medical attention include: liver damage, kidney problems and lactic acidosis. Symptoms of liver damage include: nausea, loss of  appetite, stomach pain, fever, dark urine, jaundice and abnormally colored stools. Symptoms of kidney problems include: loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination, constipation, overall weakness or urinating less than usual or not at all. Symptoms of lactic acidosis (a buildup of lactic acid in the blood) include: muscle weakness or pain, dizziness, numbness or chilliness in the arms and legs, breathing difficulties, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, uneven or slow heart rate and fatigue. You should also contact your doctor if you experience signs of a possible new infection, such as fever, body aches, chills or flu symptoms. There are also many less serious side effects related to Viread, such as insomnia, strange dreams, headaches, depression, dizziness, diarrhea, gas, bloating, muscle or joint pain, skin rash and changes in the way fat is distributed in your body.

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