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Truvada

Last updated on 12/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate + Emtricitabine

CHINESE NAME: 舒發泰

DRUG CLASS: Antiretrovirals

SUB CLASS: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors

USED FOR: HIV infection

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 200mg/245mg (tablets)

What is Truvada?

Truvada is a brand of product used to treat HIV infection. It contains Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate and Emtricitabine, both belong to a class of medication called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. They prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying in your body, and are used for the treatment and prevention of HIV infection. HIV is the virus that can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Truvada is not a cure for HIV infection or AIDS, however, it reduces the amount of HIV in your body so that your immune system works better.

How to use it?

Truvada is a tablet which should be taken with food. It may be used in adults and children over 12 years of age. For the treatment and prevention of HIV, take one tablet by mouth daily.

What are the side effects of Truvada?

Common side effects of Truvada include stomach irritation, headache, vomit, and loss of appetite.

Who should not take Truvada?

People allergic to any component of the formulation

Pharmacist Tips:

– This medication can make you dizzy. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how you respond to Truvada.
– Continue to take all HIV medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor to limit the risk of transferring HIV to others.
– Use an effective barrier method, such as condoms or dental dams, during sexual activity to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV.
– Do not share personal items that may have contacted blood or other body fluids, such as needles/syringes, toothbrushes and razors.

Common dosing schedule:
Truvada is taken once daily. Take it with/after the same meal each day.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Truvada may interact with:
– Antibiotics, e.g. Vancomycin, Amphotericin B
– Antivirals, e.g. Atazanavir, Cidofovir, Foscarnet, Didanosine
– Orlistat

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Truvada in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Truvada is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Truvada in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.