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What is Truvada?

Truvada is a combination drug that contains two active ingredients: emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil. Truvada is used by ptients with an HIV infections and works to prevent HIV from multiplying in the body. Truvada is not a cure for HIV. However, this medication can improve immune system function. Truvada may also reduce the risk of spreading HIV when used in conjunction with safe sex practices and not sharing itmes like razors and needles.

In an extensive study with nore than 5,000 participants, researchers found that Truvada is safe and effective for preventing HIV in cisgender men and transgender women who participate in sexual activity with men. Truvada is a tablet that is administered orally.

Truvada Uses

Truvada has two main uses, which are to treat HIV infections and to prevent HIV infection in those at risk of getting HIV. The latter use involves treating a person before an HIV infection occurs. This type of treatment is called pr-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. The two active ingredients in Truvada are nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). In short, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil are antiviral drugs specifically for fighting the human immunodeficiency virus.

Truvada Generic

Your local pharmacy likely does not supply generic Truvada yet. This is because Truvada is only available as a brand-name medication in the U.S. due to active patent restrictions. Outside of the United States, generic Truvada has already been approved. If you are looking to save money on this antiviral medication, going generic through a Canadian online pharmacy like My Drug Center can help.

Generic Truvada is called emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. On My Drug Center, it is available in the exact same dosage strength as brand-name Truvada at 200/300 mg. Because brand-name and generic Truvada use the same active ingredients, there is no need to worry if you will get the same efficacy with the generic version. Drugs that use the same active ingredients have near identical therapeutic effects. While the drug's inactive ingredients may cause the two versions to differ in appearance, the drug's safety and effectiveness are unaffected. This means you can have peace of mind regardless of whether you choose brand-name or generic Truvada.

Truvada Side Effects

Common side effects of Truvada may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Unsual tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Strange dreams
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss

Generally, these side effects are not cause for serious concern. You will likely not need medical help with these side effects unless they worsen and turn into severe side effects. If you experience severe outcomes like trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, or problems with your balance, contact your doctor right away. Other severe side effects of Truvada may include:

  • Eye movement problems
  • Weakness
  • Enlarged thyroid
  • Menstrual changes
  • Impotence
  • New infection with symptoms like cold sores, wheezing, night sweats, and fever

Cautions

Truvada should not be taken by those who are allergic to emtricitabine or tenofovir disoproxil fumarate or those who take medications that contain emtricitabine, tenofovir, lamivudine, or adefovir such as:

  • Atripla
  • Combivir
  • Complera
  • Descovy
  • Dutrebis
  • Emtriva
  • Epivir
  • Epzicom
  • Genvoya
  • Viread

For a full list of Truvada drug interactions, consult your doctor. You may need special adjustments to your dosage if you have ever had liver disease, kidney disease, or osteopenia.

Risks

One risk of this medication includes lactic acidosis. This is a dangerous buildup of lactic acid in the blood. The risk is higher in those who have other underlying medical conditions, those who have taken other HIV medications for an extended amount of time, or those who are female. Ask your doctor about your risk for this condition before starting treatment.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. It is important to use your medications and properly control your HIV when expecting a baby. You should not breastfeed while using this medication. All women with HIV should avoid breast feeding due to the high risk of passing the virus to the baby through breast milk.

If you have hepatitis B, using this drug may activate or worsen this infection when you start or stop treatment. Ensure you have frequent medical tests done to monitor liver function for at least several months.

Truvada Cost

Truvada is a tier 5 medication which makes it one of the more expensive medications on the market. Tier 5 medications usually cost more than drugs in tiers 1 to 4. Several factors contribute to the high cost of Truvada. For example, Truvada is a combination therapy, and the use of two active ingredients may reflect in its price. While Truvada may be expensive at your local pharmacy, Canadian pharmacies like My Drug Center can help you cut costs.

Buying Truvada Online

My Drug Center offers brand-name and generic Truvada online. Signing up and creating an account is quick and easy. Once you join My Drug Center, you will have access to massive discounts on all your prescription drugs. Ordering online also helps you save time as we ship directly to your door. Gone are the days of buying expensive medications after waiting in long lines at a physical pharmacy.

Truvada from Canada

Truvada is significantly cheaper on My Drug Center than your local pharmacy because we source your prescription drugs from reputable pharmacies outside of the U.S. By doing so, we bring the discounts to you. As mentioned above, generic Truvada is only available from across the border. Plus, regulations in other countries like Canada prevent arbitrarily high prices, so getting your Truvada from Canada is a great way to keep your treatment costs as low as possible.

FAQs

What is Truvada?

Truvada is a combination therapy containing emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. Truvada is used to treat and prevent HIV infections.

How effective is Truvada?

Truvada is effective and generally well-tolerated by most patients. However, this medication must be taken as prescribed for the best effects. It is important to do your best to avoid missed doses because missing a dose can allow your level of protection against HIV to decrease.

How long does Truvada stay in your system?

Truvada typically stays in your body for approximately seven days. Do not stop taking Truvada without your doctor's approval because doing so increases your risk of adverse outcomes. Speak to your doctor if you would like to stop this medication.

Who makes Truvada?

Gilead Sciences manufactures Truvada. Gilead is an American biopharmaceutical company that researches, develops, and commercializes drugs. They focus mainly on antiviral drugs that treat HIV, hepatitis B and C, as well as influenza.

How much does Truvada cost?

Truvada retails in the high hundreds on average, with several American pharmacies charging more than a couple thousand for this HIV drug. To save considerably on Truvada, try using a secure online pharmacy like My Drug Center.

What side effects can I expect with Truvada?

Common side effects of Truvada include headache, sore throat, high cholesterol, and vomiting. Speak to your healthcare provider for a complete list of Truvada side effects. If severe side effects occur, seek medical help immediately.

What is generic Truvada called?

Generic Truvada is called emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. Generic Truvada is not available in the U.S. currently. To get generic Truvada, you can go through a Canadian pharmacy like My Drug Center.

Can Truvada treat herpes?

While there is some evidence that Truvada may be beneficial for preventing herpes, this medication is not approved for preventing a herpes infection in people with HIV. Ask your doctor for more information on treating herpes.