User Reviews for Descovy
Descovy has an average rating of 6.5 out of 10 from a total of 7 ratings on Drugs.com. 67% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 33% reported a negative effect.
|HIV Infection||5 reviews||68 medications|
|Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis||2 reviews||3 medications|
|Summary of Descovy reviews||6.5||7 reviews|
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For Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: “Switched to Descovy six months ago after using Truvada for four years. I have experienced no side effects from either drug, and it is a smaller pill to swallow. I'm 68 years old and very healthy and physically active. Ride mountain bike ten miles a week, still enter rodeo events, take week long kayak trips.”
For Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: “I have been taking Descovy for about 6 months after switching from Truvada. It has no side effects like Truvada did and its a much smaller pill.”
For HIV Infection: “I started taking Descovy in early 2017 and it's been about 2 years. The drug kept my viral load undetectable. I did not experience any side effects at first, but after about 1 to 1.5 years after taking it, I slowly began to experience ache in my joints and bones, and I feel tired waking up in the morning. I also notice that I feel depressed and down pretty much everyday even when I am on vacations and were supposed to feel happy. And now my arms have lost muscle mass, they looking very bony and I can barely lift 20lbs without pains in my joints.”
For HIV Infection: “Switching from Descovy back to Truvada probably saved my life since it improved my deep existentially depression (which I didn't experience this way since I'm on antidepressant medication since 1995). I was on Genvoya since March 2016 and had 8 months of upper respiratory tract infections: pleuritis, 2 pneumonia episodes, 2 severe middle ear infections, bronchitis, I think sepsis, because of candida, because of 4 times antibiotics (Augmentin/amoxicillin), constant fluconazole use and later resistance to it by another candida (glabrata), then oral amfotericine B, but still have a green/brown stinking plaque on my tongue, nothing is being done by my first and second opinion doctors, I'm now going to Nijmegen for the candida expertise center.”
For HIV Infection: “I was on truvada for a number of years and was switched to Descovy in August 2017 at first all was fine but after a couple of months I became unwell, feeling like I have a constant cold, not getting good sleep only able to sleep for four hours being woken up with pounding in my head a very fast heart beat, my head feels foggy and severe sweating, and legs feel cold to touch. I read the leaflet which came with my Descovy but it doesn’t mention my symptoms so then I did some research and looked at Descovy on a site called medbroadcast.com and sure enough it mentions all my symptoms as Descovy side effects, going to see my HIV consultant tomorrow and taking back all my Descovy as they have totally ruined my summer, I suggest to anyone going to start Descovy please do your research and don’t just read the leaflet or take your Doctors word !”
For HIV Infection: “I have been on descovy for two weeks. I actually feel better than when I was taking travada. My kidney function is better...my mind seems clearer and I don't feel as doped up....if that makes sense. I can feel my own skin again... I guess less toxic. So far...it's good.”
For HIV Infection: “I had TERRIBLE insomnia with this medication. The EMTRICITABINE in this medication has an Incidence of insomnia in adults of 5% to 16%. Plus it made me groggy in the morning.”
Frequently asked questions
- Can Descovy be used for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in HIV?
- Truvada vs Descovy: How do they compare for HIV and PrEP?
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