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Truvada (generic name: emtricitabine / tenofovir disoproxil fumarate; brand names include: Tenvir-EM) belongs to a class of medicines known as HIV-1 nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).
Truvada combines two anti-HIV-1 medications, emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg into one pill that is taken once a day with or without food.
Truvada is used in combination with other HIV-1 medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. Truvada is always given in combination with other anti-HIV-1 drugs.
Truvada helps block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a chemical in your body (enzyme) that is needed for HIV-1 to multiply. Truvada lowers the amount of HIV-1 in the blood (viral load). Truvada may also help to increase the number of T cells (CD4+ cells).
Lowering the amount of HIV-1 in the blood lowers the chance of death or infections that happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections).
Truvada is available as Tenvir-EM in packs (bottles), each pack contains 30 pills.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Truvada exactly as directed.
The usual dose of Truvada is 1 tablet once a day. Truvada is always used with other anti-HIV-1 medicines. If you have kidney problems, you may need to take Truvada less often.
Truvada may be taken with or without a meal. Food does not affect how Truvada works. Take Truvada at the same time each day.
If you forget to take Truvada, take it as soon as you remember that day. Do not take more than 1 dose of Truvada in a day. Do not take 2 doses at the same time.
Do not take Truvada if you are already taking Atripla, Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), Emtriva, Epivir or Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), or Viread because these medicines contain the same or similar active ingredients.
Do not take Truvada to treat your HIV infection if you are also taking Hepsera to treat your HBV infection.
Tell your doctor before taking Truvada, if:
you have kidney problems or are undergoing kidney dialysis treatment, you have bone problems or liver problems including Hepatitis B Virus infection;
you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Active ingredients: emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.