Emtricitabine/Tenofovir (PrEP)

Emtricitabine/Tenofovir (PrEP) is most commonly used as an HIV prevention medicine. It is used together with safer-sex practices to reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV.

What is it?

Emtricitabine/Tenofovir contains a combination of two medines: emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. It’s classified as an HIV prevention medicine, and as such is used in prophylaxis of HIV infections. It’s most commonly used in combination with other HIV medicines in order to contain the infection.

How does it work?

As previously mentioned, it contains a combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, both of which are antiviral medicines used in the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or to control and contain an already present infection. 

What is it used for?

Emtricitabine/Tenofovir is also commonly known as PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, because it is used as a prevention method against HIV infections. It’s two main ingredients, emtricitabine and tenofovir, are both antiviral medicines used in treatment of HIV, the virus that can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, but it can be used to treat HIV in adults.

It’s also used to reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV, but it alone won’t completely protect you from HIV viruses. 

Usage and dosage

Do not, under any circumstance, use Emtricitabine/Tenofovir if you’re allergic to any of its components. Read the printed manufacturer’s information leaflet that comes with the prescribed medicine and look for the full list of its contents..

Do not take Emtricitabine/Tenofovir if you also take any other medication that contains either tenofovir, emtricitabine, adefovir or lamivudine.

Be careful if you’ve ever had hepatitis B, it may become active again after you stop using Emtricitabine/Tenofovir. 

This medicine is most commonly used in combination with other HIV drugs, and it does not offer complete protection against the virus. It is simply used as a prevention method, lowering the chance of becoming infected with the virus.

Take Emtricitabine/Tenofovir exactly as your doctor told you to. Try not to skip any doses, and follow his instructions precisely.

Do not take a larger dose than the one prescribed to you, and keep on taking it until the end of the treatment period, unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. If you stop the treatment abruptly, it might cause an increase in the infection’s severity, causing it to become even more difficult to treat.

If you’ve missed a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skipping doses may result in the virus becoming resistant to antiviral medicine.

The usual dosage is one pill a day, or every 24 hours, taken by mouth with enough water. Dosing of this medicine is regularly done based on your general condition and your body’s reaction to the prescribed treatment.

Side effects

Common side effect may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Feeling tired 
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Rash
  • Weight loss

Contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical help if you notice any of the severe side effects’ symptoms or symptoms of an allergic reaction:

  • Hives (allergic reaction)
  • Difficulty breathing (allergic reaction)
  • Swelling of the face, lips, or tongue (allergic reaction)
  • Unusual muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Symptoms of a new HIV infection
  • Kidney problems (little or no urination)
  • Liver problems 

Can I purchase it online?

The easiest and safest way for you to purchase it online is through Tru Medical . A consultation with a medical professional is required beforehand, to ensure that using Emtricitabine/Tenofovir is the correct way to treat your medical condition.