Truvada

(emtricitabine / tenofovir)

4.8/ 5 average rating with 16 reviewsforTruvada
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Works with other medications to treat HIV infection, or works alone to prevent HIV infection.

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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.

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Quick facts about Truvada
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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.
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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.
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How it works

Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) is a 2-in-1 medication that stops the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) within important cells of the body.

Quick facts about Truvada
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • HIV treatment
  • HIV prevention
  • Hepatitis B treatment

Dosage forms

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People’s experience with Truvada

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What to expect when you take Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) for Reduce HIV risk

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Side effect rates for Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir)

From 257 clinical trials of Truvada when taken for hiv infection treatment (taken with efavirenz)
  • Diarrhea
    9%9%
  • Nausea
    9%9%
  • Fatigue
    9%9%
  • Depression
    9%9%
  • Stuffy or runny nose
    8%8%
  • Flu or bronchitis
    8%8%
  • Dizziness
    8%8%
  • Rash event
    7%7%
  • Headache
    6%6%
  • Common cold
    5%5%
  • Insomnia
    5%5%
  • Vomiting
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Truvada.

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Risks and Warnings for Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity

    Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication prevents sexually acquired HIV-1 in adults who are at high risk.

Who is this drug for?

This medication prevents sexually acquired HIV-1 in adults who are at high risk.

Common concerns from people taking Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir)

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Food
  • Take only once daily, with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • People on medication similar to Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) have experienced kidney damage. This worsen if you take high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs called NSAIDs (Motrin/Advil, Aleve, Mobic, Voltaren, etc.). Call your doctor if you develop bone pain, pain in your arms or legs, or pain or weakness in your muscles.
  • Patients on Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) to prevent HIV infection should be tested every 3 months for kidney function, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • People with poorly functioning kidneys shouldn't take Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir).