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Works with other medications to treat HIV infection, or works alone to prevent HIV infection.

Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) is a versatile, first-choice HIV medication that is used in combination with other HIV medications to treat and prevent HIV infections.

4.8/ 5 average rating with 16 reviewsforTruvada
Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Also treats Hepatitis B Virus.

Viread (tenofovir) is a first-line choice to be used in combination with other medications to treat HIV. Viread (tenofovir) is also a first-line choice in treating HBV.

Upsides
  • Contains two first-choice medications which can be used in combination with other drugs to treat HIV infection.
  • Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) is also a first-choice option to be used for preventing HIV.
  • Take only once daily, with or without food.
  • Can be used with other medications to prevent HIV infection after an exposure.
  • Taken only once daily, with or without food.
  • There are newer formulations of Viread (tenofovir) available that are safer on your kidneys.
  • If tablets are hard for you to swallow, Viread (tenofovir) is available in a powder that's mixed with soft foods.
Downsides
  • If you're taking Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) to stop you from getting HIV, you should continue having safe sex since it won't protect you from other sexually transmitted infections.
  • If you're taking Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) to stop you from getting HIV, you have to get blood tests every 3 months to check for overall health and to make sure you don't have HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.
  • People with poorly functioning kidneys shouldn't take Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir).
  • Can weaken your bones.
  • If you have HIV as well as Hepatitis B and stop taking Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) suddenly, your hepatitis may get worse.
  • Viread (tenofovir) can't be used on its own to treat HIV infection.
  • Not recommended for patients with kidney damage.
  • Can weaken your bones.
  • Might worsen hepatitis B infections if you suddenly stop taking it.
Used for
  • HIV treatment
  • HIV prevention
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Powder
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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    9%
  • Nausea
    9%
  • Fatigue
    9%
  • Depression
    9%
  • Stuffy or runny nose
    8%
  • Flu or bronchitis
    8%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Rash event
    7%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Common cold
    5%
  • Insomnia
    5%
  • Vomiting
    2%
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1possible side effects
  • Nausea
    9%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity
  • Worsening hepatitis B infection
    • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • Kidney damage
    • History of kidney damage
    • Concurrent use of other drugs known to harm kidneys
  • Bone loss/osteoporosis
    • History of bone fractures
    • Osteoporosis
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
  • Drug resistance while using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
    • Undiscovered HIV infection while on PrEP
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  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity
  • Cannot be used to treat Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
    • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • Mood and behavior changes
    • History of mental illness
  • Decreased bone mineral density
    • History of bone fractures
    • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney damage
    • History of kidney damage
    • Concurrent use of other drugs known to harm kidneys
  • Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions
    • Prior severe allergic reaction to Viread (tenofovir) or any of its individual drug components.
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