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Truvada Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
- What are the possible side effects of emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
- What is the most important information I should know about emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
- How should I take emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Truvada)?
- What happens if I overdose (Truvada)?
- What should I avoid while taking emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
- What other drugs will affect emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Truvada)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Truvada)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
Taking this medication will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people. Avoid having unprotected sex or sharing razors or toothbrushes. Talk with your doctor about safe ways to prevent HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.
What other drugs will affect emtricitabine and tenofovir (Truvada)?
Emtricitabine and tenofovir can harm your kidneys. This effect is increased when you also use other medicines harmful to the kidneys. You may need dose adjustments or special tests if you have recently used:
- lithium (Lithobid);
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
- pain or arthritis medicines such as aspirin (Anacin, Excedrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and others;
- medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune), sirolimus (Rapamune) or tacrolimus (Prograf);
- an IV antibiotic such as gentamicin (Garamycin), vancomycin (Vancocin, Vancoled), and others;
- antiviral medicines such as adefovir (Hepsera), cidofovir (Vistide), or foscarnet (Foscavir); or
- cancer medicine such as aldesleukin (Proleukin), carmustine (BiCNU, Gliadel), cisplatin (Platinol), ifosfamide (Ifex), oxaliplatin (Eloxatin), plicamycin (Mithracin), streptozocin (Zanosar), or tretinoin (Vesanoid).
You may need dose adjustments or special tests when taking any of these medications together with emtricitabine and tenofovir.
Other medications that can affect emtricitabine and tenofovir include:
- the herpes medications acyclovir (Zovirax) or valacyclovir (Valtrex);
- medications to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV) such as cidofovir (Vistide), ganciclovir (Cytovene) or valganciclovir (Valcyte); or
- certain other HIV medicines such as atazanavir (Reyataz), didanosine (Videx), indinavir (Crixivan), saquinavir (Invirase), lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra), or ritonavir (Norvir).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with emtricitabine and tenofovir. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about emtricitabine and tenofovir.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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