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Drug Dosing Toolkit: Complera

for Veterans and the Public

Rilpivirine (Edurant) + tenofovir DF (Viread) + emtricitabine (Emtriva) (Complera)

Type of Drug: Fixed-Dose Combination
Fixed-dose combinations combine the most commonly prescribed doses of 2 or more medications into a single pill.

Bring a printout of this page to discuss with your doctor during your next visit. List your questions at the bottom of the page.

Approved adult dosing

Rilpivirine 25 mg + tenofovir DF 300 mg + emtricitabine 200 mg in a single tablet

one tablet Complera

  • Once daily


Notes on taking this medication

  • Take with a full meal (do not take without food)
  • Medicines for indigestion, heartburn, and ulcers (including medicines available over the counter) may block the body's absorption of Edurant; check with your medical provider before using these medicines
  • Edurant can interact with other drugs; consult your medical provider
  • Persons with kidney problems may need an adjustment to their doses of the component drugs, so may not be able to take this combination pill
  • Also see rilpivirine + tenofovir alafenamide + emtricitabine (Odefsey), a very similar combination tablet that may be safer for kidneys and bones

Same possible side effects as

Rilpivirine (Edurant)

  • Depression, mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Rash

Tenofovir DF (Viread)

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

Emtricitabine (Emtriva)

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

See accompanying chart: Tips for Common Side Effects


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.