Glomerular filtration rate change during chronic hepatitis C treatment with Sofosbuvir/Ledipasvir in HCV/HIV Coinfected patients treated with Tenofovir and a boosted protease inhibitor: an observational prospective study

BMC Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 3;18(1):364. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-3278-3.


Introduction: Concomitant use of ledipasvir and boosted protease inhibitors (PIs) may increase the risk of tenofovir (TDF) nephrotoxicity, since both these drugs increase TDF levels. Our aim was to evaluate glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) evolution during HCV treatment with sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (SOF/LDV) in HCV/HIV coinfected patients, according to their antiretroviral treatment (ARV).

Methods: Observational prospective study of HCV/HIV coinfected patients treated with SOF/LDV. eGFR evolution was evaluated during and 12 weeks after HCV treatment. Patients were categorized in three groups based on ARV regimen: non TDF, non-boosted TDF and TDF + boosted PI.

Results: We included 273 patients: 145 were receiving a non-TDF regimen, 78 a non-boosted TDF scheme and 50 were receiving TDF + boosted PI. We observed a statistically significant decrease in eGFR during treatment in all groups (non TDF p = 0.03, 95%CI [0.23-3.86], non-boosted TDF p < 0.01, 95%CI [3.36-7.44], TDF + PI p = 0.01, 95%CI [1.09-7.53]). The decrease was more pronounced in those receiving unboosted TDF (- 5.40 ml/min/1.73m2), but differences in eGFR decrease between the three groups were small and not statistically different (p = 0.06). eGFR decrease was greater in patients treated for 24 weeks (p = 0.009) and in cirrhotic patients (p = 0.036). At the end of follow up a recovery of eGFR was observed in all groups.

Conclusion: We observed a significant decrease in eGFR during treatment in all study groups, that was small and reversible after SOF/LDV discontinuation. TDF was not associated with an increase in renal toxicity.

Keywords: Co-infection HIV/HCV; Drug-drug interactions; HCV treatment; Protease inhibitor; Renal toxicity; Sofosbuvir/ledipasvir; Tenofovir.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Benzimidazoles* / adverse effects
  • Benzimidazoles* / therapeutic use
  • Coinfection* / drug therapy
  • Coinfection* / epidemiology
  • Coinfection* / physiopathology
  • Fluorenes* / adverse effects
  • Fluorenes* / therapeutic use
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate / drug effects*
  • HIV Infections* / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections* / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections* / physiopathology
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic* / drug therapy
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic* / epidemiology
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic* / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sofosbuvir
  • Uridine Monophosphate / adverse effects
  • Uridine Monophosphate / analogs & derivatives*
  • Uridine Monophosphate / therapeutic use


  • Benzimidazoles
  • Fluorenes
  • ledipasvir, sofosbuvir drug combination
  • Uridine Monophosphate
  • Sofosbuvir