Truvada Patients Risk Developing Osteoperosis

Many fear more needs to be known about Truvada's osteoporosis side effect before the drug is given away free to millions


Truvada Bone Lawsuit News

Monday, July 8, 2019 - Osteoporosis is a frightening disease that affects more than one-half of all senior women in the United States. Online medical resource WebMD.com describes the condition as "... thinning bones that can result in painful fractures. Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being female, low body weight, low sex hormones or menopause, smoking, and some medications." Osteoporosis causes the bones to become porous (hence the name) and resemble natural sea sponge. Osteoporosis bone density loss can cause the hips and femur to crumble under a person's natural body weight. Being overweight only adds to one's risk of having a serious bone break from osteoporosis. People with the disease are also more susceptible to breaking a bone such as a hip during a fall. Forearms and wrists are also a common place where seniors experience osteoporosis bone fractures. Osteoporosis eventually destroys the vertebrae in the spine causing that hunched over appearance of old age. Truvada Osteoperosis attorneys are helping families Nationwide harmed by Truvada Osteoperosis and bone problems.

The fear of developing osteoporosis in old age is second only to contracting the condition as a young adult. The US government and Gilead Pharmaceuticals are on the cusp of giving away millions of bottles of Truvada in the weeks to come and to do so for the next ten to fifteen years. Truvada has been shown to cause osteoporosis in otherwise healthy individuals. The company is quick to point out that Truvada-osteoporosis may be self-correcting over time but there is no evidence to support that claim. For all we know, Truvada osteoporosis may be permanent and cause crippling bone loss density in young adults.

Bone density loss from taking Truvada has been know since a Canadian study back in 2012 uncovered that about 10% of their test subjects experienced "less-than-normal bone mineral density in HIV-positive Truvada (tenofovir) users." According to CATIE, a Canadian HIV publication, around 13% of gay men in the test eventually tested positive for bone density loss greater than 5%. The test was conducted on normally healthy gay men in San Francisco. When users of drugs such as methamphetamines, nitrate, and sniffing glue, the rates of bone loss in men increased significantly. Men that take vitamin D and calcium supplements had better overall bone density.

Truvada is a once-per-day pill that is taken as a preventative measure to contracting HIV. Patients prescribed Truvada must test HIV negative before being given the prescription. Truvada.com stresses that Truvada should be used with other safe-sex prophylactic practices such as using a condom as Truvada will not prevent the spread of other sexually transmitted infections or stop pregnancy. Truvada does not guarantee the prevention of HIV transmission.

According to PBS.org, "Truvada works by blocking an enzyme called reverse transcriptase, which HIV uses to copy its genetic material and reproduce. In addition to suppressing HIV in people who have already been infected, Truvada can also prevent the virus from infecting people in the first place. In 2012, it became the first drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in preventing HIV-negative people from getting HIV through sexual intercourse."

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