A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
What is Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil?
Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil is an antiviral medicine for the treatment of HIV. It is the generic version of Truvada. It belongs to the drug class of Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs). These work by blocking HIV enzymes and preventing them from multiplying.
What is Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil used for?
Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil is used in combination with other medications to treat HIV in adults and children, and to prevent HIV infection in adults and adolescents who weight at least 77 pounds and are considered to be at high risk. It is important to note that Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil should only be used as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in conjunction with safe sex practices such as condoms.
How to use Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil
Always follow the directions of your health care provider. Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil is supplied in a tablet form that should be taken at the same time each day, with or without food. Each tablet needs to be orally swallowed with a drink of water.
Dosage Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil is available in 200MG/245MG strength. The doctor will advise you on the right dosage for you. If you miss a dose, take your next dose at the normal time. Only take one dose fo Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil a day.
Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil, in common with most HIV medications, can sometimes cause side effects, such as nausea and dizziness. These are usually manageable. Other, more serious, side effects include:
- Kidney failure;
- Bone problems;
- Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS) - as your immune system becomes stronger after taking the medication, it may react strongly to a previously hidden infection.
There are many more possible side effects. For more information about these, please consult your pharmacist or read the information contained within the package leaflet.
When is it not safe to use Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil
Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil is a safe drug although the long-term effects are not yet known. You should tell the pharmacist or doctor if you:
- Are allergic to any of the excipients or any other medications;
- Have any kidney, liver or bone problems;
- If you have any pre-existing medical issues.
It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you have experienced any flu-like symptoms in the month prior to starting Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil. This could mean that you have been recently exposed to HIV. As a PrEP, Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil is not suitable for those under the age of 18.
Pregnancy / driving ability / alcohol
It is not yet known whether Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil can harm an unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
It also unknown whether Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil has any impact on driving ability and the ability to use dangerous machinery. However, dizziness is a noted side effect, and driving should be avoided if it is a side effect you experience.
Alcohol does not have any noted interactions with Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil so it is safe to have the occasional alcoholic drink.