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Viread is an oral tablet made up of a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. We carry this medication in both the brand choice and generic alternative in 300mg!

Viread is prescribed to help control HIV, to prevent AIDS, and can be used to treat chronic hepatitis B infection. HIV is an infection transmitted through bodily fluids, like during sexual intercourse. Without medication, you may develop AIDs (a chronic and potentially life threatening condition) within a few years due to the weakening of your immune system caused by HIV. Hepatitis B is when the liver is inflamed and it becomes a chronic condition when it persists longer than 6 months.

Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is effective at controlling HIV and treating other medical conditions because it is able to decrease the amount of HIV in your body, by reducing the amount of infection, it is easier for the immune system to fight off the infection.

Follow only the directions given to you by your doctor. You can usually find directions on your prescription label if you forget. Ensure you are keeping up with all medical tests needed while being treated with Viread.

For best effect, take this medication at the same time every day, with or without food.  

Store this medication at room temperature in a low risk area of moisture and heat. Ensure the bottle is tightly closed when not in use.


Do not use Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate)

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.

Do not take Viread together with adefovir (Hepsera), or with combination medicines that contain tenofovir (Atripla, Biktarvy, Cimduo, Complera, Descovy, Genvoya, Odefsey, Stribild, Symfi, or Truvada).

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

Before starting treatment, it is important to mention to your doctor if you have liver disease, HIV (if taking Viread for hepatitis B), kidney disease, or low bone mineral density.


This drug may increase your risk of developing lactic acidosis, a build-up of lactic acid in the blood that can be very dangerous.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant; it is very important to keep your infection under control during time of pregnancy, especially when giving birth. Follow your doctor's directions very carefully.

It may not be safe to breast feed while using Viread; consult your doctor before breast feeding if you are taking Viread.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) may include:

stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; fever, pain; weakness, dizziness; headache; depressed mood; itching, rash; or sleep problems (insomnia).

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) may include:

trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with balance or eye movement, weakness or prickly feeling; or swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid), menstrual changes, impotence.

If you have any of the above side effects, 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.

Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…

new infection: fever, night sweats, swollen glands, cold sores, cough, wheezing, diarrhea, weight loss.


What is Viread used for?

Viread is a medication used to treat HIV infections. When taken, it helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can function better. Taking it also helps to lower your chances of getting HIV complications such as new infections and cancer, and while this medication does not cure HIV it can help improve your quality of life. This medication comes in a singular strength of 300mg and it is sold as the brand Viread, as well as a generic called Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate. If you have any questions or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at 1-877-385-8998.


How much does Viread cost?

Viread is on Tier 4 of Medicare’s formulary. Tier 4 medications are usually non-preferred brand name drugs. Meaning this medication can be very expensive. And Medicare may not cover much of the price for this drug. However you may find a solution on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $148.00 for 30 pills.

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