Compare Descovy vs. Emtriva

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Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide)

Prescription only

Emtriva (emtricitabine)

Prescription only
Works with other medicines to treat HIV.

Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide) is a first choice combination tablet that is used with other medications to treat HIV and is safe for your kidneys and bones.

Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line and commonly used drug that is taken in combination with other HIV medications to treat or prevent HIV.

Upsides
  • Compared to Truvada (a similar drug formulation), Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide) is safe for your kidneys and bones.
  • Take only once daily, with or without food.
  • Children 12 years or older can take Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide).
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line drug option used in combination with other HIV medications to treat HIV.
  • Taken with or without food once a day.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available in many combination tablets if you are looking to lower the number of pills you need to take daily for HIV treatment.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available as a capsule as well as liquid form.
Downsides
  • Might worsen hepatitis B infections if you suddenly stop taking Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide).
  • Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide) is only approved to treat HIV, not to stop you from getting it.
  • Since Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide) is not a generic, it may be expensive.
  • Patients with kidney damage will need to be closely monitored by their doctors in order to provide an appropriate dose.
  • Cannot be used by itself to treat or prevent HIV infection.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Nausea
    10%
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10possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    23%
  • Nausea
    18%
  • Nasal stuffiness/runniness (Rhinitis)
    18%
  • Rash
    17%
  • Physical weakness and/or lack of energy
    16%
  • Increased cough
    14%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Vomiting
    9%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%
  • Insomnia
    7%
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Risks and warnings
  • Sudden worsening of Hepatitis B virus (HBV)

    Hepatitis B virus

  • Lactic acidosis and enlarged, fatty liver

    Liver disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage

    History of kidney damage

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Weakened bones

    History of bone fractures

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Immune reconstitution syndrome

    HIV

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver

    Liver disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Worsening hepatitis B infection

    Hepatitis B Virus infection

  • Immune reconstitution syndrome

    HIV

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Similar medications

    HIV treatment

  • Kidney Damage

    History of kidney damage

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