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Truvada is an oral tablet made up of two different NRTIs. NRTI stands for nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor; in Truvada, the NRTIs consist of emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. This medication is available as the brand name Truvada and as its generic alternative, called emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. Both of these options (brand or generic) are available in 200mg/300mg!
Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is used to help treat a common infection, called HIV. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which has no cure at this time and can cause some other health complications if not treated. HIV causes the immune system to weaken over time by attacking healthy cells called white blood cells (CD4). The immune system is in charge of keeping diseases and infections away, and as one may guess, if the immune system is being weakened, you’re more likely to develop cancers, diseases, and infections. If left untreated, the immune system will continue to weaken and eventually, it will no longer be able to defend against foreign and harmful substances. When this occurs, you will be diagnosed with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), which can be considered a fatal condition.
Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is effective at treating HIV because it is able to decrease the amount of HIV living in your body. By doing this, it allows the immune system to work as efficiently as it can. This medication has also been known to improve the quality of life in patients with HIV because of this efficiency.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) exactly how to take this medication. Follow your doctor’s directions very carefully, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget. Do not take this medication for longer than prescribed, or in smaller or larger amounts. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. Keep up with frequent medical tests that are required while being treated with this medication.
This medication may be taken with or without food, usually once per day. Your dose will be based on kidney function, medical condition, and reaction to treatment (and weight for children dosages).
Do not use Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate)
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, Hepsera, Odefsey, Stribild, Triumeq, Trizivir, or Viread).
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, osteopenia, or kidney disease.
One risk of this medication includes lactic acidosis. This is a dangerous build up of lactic acid in the blood. The risk is higher in those who have other underlying medical conditions, 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.
Those who have ever had 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.
Common side effects of Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) may include:
new infection: fever, night sweats, swollen glands, cold sores, cough, wheezing, diarrhea, weight loss.
If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
What is Truvada?
Truvada is a combination drug, it contains 2 medications: Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate. This medication is used by patients with an HIV infection, and it works to prevent HIV from multiplying in your body. While it is not a cure for HIV, it can help to improve the functioning of the immune system. It can also aid in reducing the risk of spreading the disease, along with methods of safe sex, and not sharing items such as razors and needles. This medication comes in the singular dose of 200mg/300mg. And it comes as the brand Truvada, and in the generic format Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 1-877-385-8998.
How much is Truvada?
Truvada is listed as a Tier 5 medication on Medicare’s formulary. And Tier 5 drugs are referred to as non-preferred brand-name drugs. And they generally cost more than Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4 medications. However you may find more affordable options on an online Canadian Pharmacy, such as My Drug Center. Our starting price is $303.00 for 30 pills.
How effective is Truvada?
Truvada provides a 92% to 99% reduction in HIV in individuals who take the pills as directed, every day. Since if a dose is missed, the level of HIV protection may decrease. Therefore it is important to take your dose every day at the same time so you do not forget.
How long does Truvada stay in your system?
The drug may stay in your system for up to seven days or more. However, if you do wish to stop taking this medication, you should not stop suddenly or on your own. Instead, speak with your doctor in regards to your wanting to quit this medication and speak with them on how to go about it.
Who makes Truvada?
Gilead Sciences, Inc is the company responsible for manufacturing Truvada, as well as many other medications. Gilead is an American biopharmaceutical company that researches, develops and commercializes drugs. They focus mainly on antiviral drugs used in treatment for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, as well as Influenza.
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