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Does viread cause nail discoloration?

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Does viread cause nail discoloration?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
After taking viread I have received discoloration of my nail beds. I always have had a brown streak on the side of the nail if my forefinger of left hand now all fingers are that way now associated by lines down the middle of finger and sreaks
Expert:  Dr. Shahz replied 1 year ago.

hi there,

in practice nail discolouration is not a very common side effect of VIREAD. its very rare. although other dermatological side effects like skin rash or pruritus is common in daily practice.

Expert:  Dr. Shahz replied 1 year ago.

Skin discolouration is also reported but again its associated with deranged liver functions rather then staining effects of the medication.

Expert:  Dr. Shahz replied 1 year ago.

If you think that the brownish discolouration starts after using this medication and if there is thinning or thickening of underlying nails bed then it can also be related to onychomycosis (which is the fungal nail infection). and can occur simultaneously with immunosuppression.

Expert:  Dr. Shahz replied 1 year ago.

i hope that will help.

Expert:  Dr. Shahz replied 1 year ago.

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