Emtricitabine and Tenofovir
Emtricitabine and tenofovir is a combination drug that is used for treating HIV and AIDS. The two components belong to different classes of HIV medications; both work by preventing HIV from multiplying in the body. The medicine, which is available by prescription, comes in tablet form and is generally taken once a day. Potential side effects of emtricitabine and tenofovir include fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea.
Emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada®) is a prescription medication used as a treatment for HIV and AIDS. It is approved for use only in combination with other HIV medications. As the name implies, it contains two different medications: emtricitabine (Emtriva®) and tenofovir (Viread®). When used in combination with safer sex practices, this medication is also approved for preventing HIV in certain people with a high risk for contracting HIV.
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As with any medicine, side effects are possible with emtricitabine and tenofovir. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of emtricitabine and tenofovir include but are not limited to:
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