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When and How to Take Emtricitabine and Tenofovir

General considerations for when and how to take emtricitabine and tenofovir include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once daily.
  • You can take emtricitabine and tenofovir with or without food. If the medicine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Try to take emtricitabine and tenofovir at the same time every day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions about taking emtricitabine and tenofovir. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing resistance to the drug, thereby making it less effective.

Dosage Information for Emtricitabine and Tenofovir

The dose of emtricitabine and tenofovir that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Dosing for more information.)

Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Drug Interactions

Emtricitabine and tenofovir can interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Emtricitabine and Tenofovir).
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