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Drug Dosing Toolkit: Truvada

for Veterans and the Public

Truvada (Viread + Emtriva)

Type of Drug: Fixed-Dose Combination

Fixed-dose combinations combine the most commonly prescribed doses of several medications into 1 pill.

Approved adult dosing

Viread 300 mg + Emtriva 200 mg in a single tablet

one tablet Truvada once a day

  • Daily
    Truvada (Viread + Emtriva)

    Truvada

Notes on taking this medication

  • No food restrictions, can take with or without food
  • Do not take Truvada with Epivir
  • Persons with kidney problems may need an adjustment to their doses of the component drugs, and have to take them separately, not as a single pill

Same side effects as

Viread

  • Gassiness; abdominal discomfort; nausea; diarrhea
  • Kidney impairment
  • Viread is active against hepatitis B, and stopping it can cause "flare-up" of hepatitis B

Emtriva

  • Skin discoloration (particularly in dark-skinned people)
  • Headache; diarrhea; nausea
  • Emtriva is active against hepatitis B, and stopping it can cause "flare-up" of hepatitis B

See accompanying chart: Tips for Common Side Effects

My doctor's instructions

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to substitute for advice from your medical provider or pharmacist. If you have any questions about your medication dosing, talk to your medical provider or pharmacist.