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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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