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Emtricitabine / tenofovir (Truvada®)


What is Truvada®?

Truvada® is a tablet that contains 2 medicines used to treat infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The two medicines are called emtricitabine (Emtriva®) and tenofovir (Viread®). Truvada® belongs to a group of medicines known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Truvada® can slow down how soon you will see symptoms of HIV or slow the damage caused by HIV, but it cannot cure HIV infection. Truvada® tablets contain 200 mg emtricitabine and 300 mg tenofovir.

How to take Truvada®

  • This tablet is usually taken one (1) time each day.
  • Truvada® can be taken with or without food. Taking this medication right after you have eaten a meal may help prevent upset stomach.

Possible side effects of Truvada®

  • Rash
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Low blood counts
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Kidney problems
  • High liver enzyme levels
  • Stomach pain

These are the most common side effects, but there may be others. Please report all side effects to the doctor or nurse.

In case of severe side effect or reaction, call the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist at 901-595-3300. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll- free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), and press 0 once the call is connected.

Special instructions for Truvada®

  • Truvada® tablets should be stored at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.
  • Some side effects, such as low blood counts, can be found with blood tests, So, it is very important that you come to clinic at regularly planned times and have blood tests done.


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

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