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FDA approves Truvada, the first pill to help prevent HIV

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#1 Scorbing


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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:59

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!.......God I really hope this works and helps prevent this horrible disease from killing any more people. Let's hope for the best until the Vaccine arrives in 2019 like they are promising.

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#2 Anibal P

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 23:02

There's no talk of side effects, that fact alone makes me distrust it completely, all "miracle" drugs seem to have side effects that make the drug worthless unless you are desperate, which a condom and not being promiscuous can easily fix

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 23:14

Truvada does have side effects... potentially quite a few. It is a combo medication of 2 nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors. It is the backbone for HIV/AIDs treatment. If you have HIV/AIDs and you're virus isn't resistant, then you should be on this drug. It is not benign by any means but is definitely one of the better treatments to be on.

I think this decision by the FDA is fairly rushed. Did they take into account the potential of increasing HIV resistance? This might knock out one of our best drugs to fight the HIV virus. While I agree preventing the transmission of the virus is the most important goal, I'm not sure if this is the best way to do it.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 23:19

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 23:19

My guess is the side effects would be

Depression, anxiety, panic, thoughts of suicide or death, agoraphobia, feelings of hopelessness, feeling alone
Dry mouth and sinuses
Elevated liver enzyme levels
Eyes crossed or unfocused
Fatigue, lethargy, weakness, loss of fine motor control
Hair loss
Heartburn, indigestion
Heart palpitations, accelerated heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, atrial fibrillation
Hot and cold flashes
Irritability or nervousness
Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
Leg, foot pain
Memory loss (short-term)
Menstrual spotting, menstrual delay, missed period
Metallic taste
Migraines (severe headaches), stabbing head pain
Mood swings
Nausea, vomiting
Night sweats
Numbness of the limbs
Numbness of the tongue or gums
Rash, itchiness
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to sound
Shortness of breath
Sleeplessness, restlessness
Spaced-out, unfocused, light-headed, or drugged sensation; difficulty verbalizing ideas, confusion
Sugar craving
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Upset stomach, burping
Weight gain
Irritability and short tempers
Homicidal impulses
Rapid loss of mental clarity

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:11

I know it will have multiple side effects but at least it gives HIV victims a chance. That's more than they had before.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:16

I know it will have multiple side effects but at least it gives HIV victims a chance. That's more than they had before.


#8 Barney T.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:23

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