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Truvada

What is Truvada

Truvada is an antiviral medication. Truvada inhibits the reproduction of HIV in the body.

Truvada is used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Truvada is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Truvada may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Truvada

Lactic acidosis (the build up of lactic acid in the body) and severe liver problems, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of Truvada. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, or unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort; weakness and tiredness; dizziness or lightheadedness; fast or irregular heartbeats; shortness of breath; weakness or feeling cold, especially in the arms and legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pain in the upper stomach area. These may be early symptoms of lactic acidosis or liver problems.

Follow your doctor's instructions with respect to high-risk activities such as unprotected sex and the sharing of needles. Truvada is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, and you can still transmit the virus to others during therapy with this medication.

What you should find out before taking Truvada

Lactic acidosis (the build up of lactic acid in the body) and severe liver problems, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of Truvada. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, or unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort; weakness and tiredness; dizziness or lightheadedness; fast or irregular heartbeats; shortness of breath; weakness or feeling cold, especially in the arms and legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pain in the upper stomach area. These may be early symptoms of lactic acidosis or liver problems.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease, liver disease; or
- bone problems;
- hepatitis B (HBV) infection.

You may not be able to take Truvada, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Do not take Truvada if you have had an allergic reaction to either drug or any of the product ingredients.

Do not take Truvada with other drugs containing lamivudine (including Combivir, Epivir, Epivir-HBV, Epzicom, or Trizivir).

Truvada is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that Truvada is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. It is very important to treat HIV/AIDS during pregnancy to reduce the risk of infecting the baby. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

It is not known whether Truvada passes into breast milk and

What effect it may have on a nursing baby. To prevent transmission of the virus to uninfected babies, it is recommended that HIV-positive mothers not breast-feed.

How should take Truvada

Take Truvada exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Truvada can be taken with or without food.

It is important to take Truvada regularly to get the most benefit.

Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with Truvada to monitor progress and side effects.

Treatment of HIV/AIDS almost always requires the use of two or more drugs. If you need to stop taking one of the medicines you are taking for HIV, you should stop all of them until you can talk to your doctor.

Keep Truvada in its original container and keep the container tightly closed.

Store Truvada at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and direct light.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor directs otherwise.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

Symptoms of a Truvada overdose are not known.

Avoid while taking Truvada

Truvada may interact with other medications resulting in reduced effectiveness and/or side effects. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, including herbal products.

Follow your doctor's instructions with respect to high-risk activities such as unprotected sex and the sharing of needles. Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like a toothbrush or razor blade. Truvada is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, and you can still transmit the virus to others during therapy with this medication.

Possible side effects of Truvada

Lactic acidosis (the build up of lactic acid in the body) and severe liver problems, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of Truvada. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience nausea, vomiting, or unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort; weakness and tiredness; dizziness or lightheadedness; fast or irregular heartbeats; shortness of breath; weakness or feeling cold, especially in the arms and legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pain in the upper stomach area. These may be early symptoms of lactic acidosis or liver problems.

If you experience a rare but serious allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives) to Truvada, stop taking the medication and seek emergency medical attention.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking Truvada and talk to your doctor if you experience
- headache;
- nausea or diarrhea;
- darkened patches of skin on the palms and/or soles;
- skin rash; or
- redistribution of body fat (loss of fat from the arms, legs, and face and increased fat around the neck, breast, and trunk).

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Truvada

Truvada may interact with other medications resulting in reduced effectiveness and/or side effects. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products during treatment with Truvada.

Do not take Truvada with other drugs containing lamivudine (including Combivir, Epivir, Epivir-HBV, Epzicom, or Trizivir) or with drugs containing the same ingredients (Emtriva or Viread).

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