Do you need a Truvada lawsuit lawyer? Individuals who have taken Truvada PrEP containing TDF who have developed serious side effects such as bone or kidney problems are currently filing lawsuits against Gilead Sciences Inc., the drug manufacturer. Truvada lawsuits have accused Gilead of producing a defective product, negligence, and failing to adequately warn consumers about the drug’s risks.
Filing a lawsuit might be the only way you can recoup damages, like lost wages and medical expenses, which you have incurred after taking this defective drug. Speaking to an experienced Schneider Hammers attorney at one of Georgia’s most-respected injury law firms is the first thing that you need to do in order to hold this pharmaceutical company accountable and receive the assistance that you deserve.
You might be entitled to receive financial compensation of you have taken Truvada containing TDF and the developed severe complications. Call Schneider Hammers to find out whether you are eligible to file a claim or not.
What is Truvada PrEP Containing TDF?
Truvada that contains TDF is a type of combination drug that is comprised of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine. It is used along with other medicines in combination or alone to treat individuals who are infected with HIV or to protect people who have a high risk for the HIV virus but are not infected yet.
Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that is potentially deadly and attacks the human immune system. This virus destroys T-helper cells which are a kind of white blood cell, which duplicates itself inside of the cells, and then takes the immune system over gradually. If this virus is left untreated, it will destroy an individual’s immune system eventually. Having an immune system that is healthy is the only natural defense that the body has against diseases and infections.
If HIV is not treated, it can result in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, which is a set of various symptoms that are caused by HIV. An organization called Avert, which provides global educations and information on AIDS and HIV reports that an individual is considered to have AIDS once their immune system is not strong enough to fight off infections, as well as developing certain defining illnesses and symptoms. That is the final stage of HIV, where there is an advanced infection, and leads to death if it is left untreated.
Truvada containing TDF needs to be taken with other types of HIV medication when used for treating HIV positive individuals. NRTIs (nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors) were the very first class of drugs that were available for treating HIV. They are referred to as “nukes” since they are very powerful and potent but highly effective for treating HIV when used in combination with other types of medicines.
NRTIs that are currently available include Viread (tenofovir), tenofovir alafenamide, Epivir (lamivudine), Emtriva (emtricitabine), and Ziagen (abacavir).
Although these drugs are a critical component of an individual’s HIV treatment – which provides HIV-positive people with life-saving treatment options – they don’t cure either AIDS or HIV. There are no cures for AIDS or HIV, but the drugs can help individuals lead fullers and longer lives.
Drugs such as Truvada PrEP containing TDF help to protect individuals from contracting HIV as well as make it harder for HIV-positive people to pass this virus onto others. It is critical to continue to use condoms and practice safe sex in order to prevent the further spread of HIV.
Why Does Schneider Hammers Only Accept TDF Cases But Not TAF Ones?
TAF is the new HIV medication from Gilead Science that concentrates inside of the immune system cells and is generally considered to be safer compared to Truvada containing TDF. It is a prodrug that has a much longer half-life of 90 minutes compared to TDF once it enters into the plasma. The longer half-life gives the prodrug more time to enter into the targeted HIV-infected cells. That results in intracellular active tenofovir concentrations that are much higher and reduces extracellular concentrations significantly. Recent clinical trials have also shown that TAF does not reduce bone mineral density or cause nephrotoxicity. It was shown by one study that TAF medications exhibit a circulation concentration of tenofovir plasma that is 90% lower compared to TDF. That reduces the risk for renal health issues.
Different combination medication brands that have been combined previously with TDF are now being re-released in the form of TAF medication. The following are some of those TAF medications:
- Descovy (Truvada TAF version)
- Genvoya (Stribild TAF version)
- Odefsey (Complera TAF version)
The main difference between these two types of HIV treatment medications is there is a much higher exposure to plasma tenofovir in TDF, and that can result in severe health complications for patients.
Schneider Hammers only accepts Truvada containing TDF cases and does not accept cases that relate to TAF medications.
What Side Effects Are Associated With Truvada PrEP Containing TDF?
People have reported several severe conditions when taking HIV medicines such as Truvada PrEP containing TDF. This drug may cause kidney problems which include kidney failure as well as bone problems. Some of the other most common side effects are rash, abnormal dreams, problems sleeping, depressions, dizziness, tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, headaches, and abdominal pain.
The label for Truvada containing TDF warns patients to contact their healthcare provider when experiencing any adverse effects or symptoms. Symptoms can vary for each side effect and condition.
In some people, Truvada containing TDF might result in worsening kidney problems – including kidney problems. Patients should have their blood tested prior to taking the medication. If any kidney problems start to develop, most likely the patient will need to stop taking this drug.
When kidney problems are not treated, they might progress to kidney failure. This is severe and might lead to death. Kidney failure symptoms include the following:
- Poor Digestion
- Decreased Urine Output
- High Blood Pressure
- Difficulty Breathing, Caused By Fluid Inside The Lungs
- Puffiness and Swelling
- Skin Color Changes
- Itchy Eyes or Skin
- Numbing Sensations In Extremities
- Urinating At Night
- Muscle Twitching
- Muscle Cramps
- Reduced Desire To eat
- Vomiting and Nausea
- Trouble Concentrating
- Drowsy Feeling and Fatigue
- Easy Bruising and Bleeding
- Bone problems might develop as well and could be a sign of reduced kidney function. Bone problem symptoms include the following:
- Muscular Weakness or Pain
- Pain in Extremities
- Worsening or Persistent Bone Pain
The adverse effects might be quite painful and also can result in other complications. If a healthcare provider does not treat them the can potentially be life-threatening. If you are suffering from any symptoms that are associated with any of the potential side effects of taking Truvada containing TDF, speak to your doctor immediately. It might be necessary to stop taking the drug and look for a different HIV treatment option.
How Schneider Hammers Can Help You File A Truvada Containing TDF Lawsuit
Individuals who have taken Truvada PrEP containing TDF who developed serious side effects such as bone or kidney problems currently are filing lawsuits against Gilead Sciences, Inc., the drug manufacturer. Gilead is accused in the Truvada lawsuits of producing a defective product, negligence, and failing to adequately warn about the risks of the drug.
Filing a lawsuit might be the only way to receive compensation for your damages, including lost wages and medical expenses that you incurred after you took the defective drug. Speaking to an experienced lawyer is the first step you need to take to hold the pharmaceutical company accountable and to receive the help that you truly deserve.
If you have taken Truvada containing TDF and have developed any serious complications, then you might be eligible to receive financial compensation. Contact us today to find out if you qualify to file a claim. Or you can fill out our free online consultation form and submit it.
As a reminder, Schneider Hammers only accepts Truvada containing TDF cases and does not accept Truvada containing TAF cases.