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Tenofovir is a prescription drug that is often used as part of an HIV "cocktail" for the treatment of HIV and AIDS. It is also used to treat chronic hepatitis B infections. The medication works by blocking a process that the HIV virus needs in order to multiply. Potential side effects of this medicine include headache, diarrhea, and weakness.

What Is Tenofovir?

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Viread®) is a prescription medication used as a treatment for HIV and AIDS. It is approved for use only in combination with other HIV medications. Tenofovir is also approved to treat chronic hepatitis B.
(Click What Is Tenofovir Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with 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 tenofovir include but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Tenofovir to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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