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Tenofovir and emtricitabine is used to reduce the chance of getting HIV for people at high risk.
It is also used with other medicines to control HIV (see separate sheets).
Take tenofovir and emtricitabine as directed with food and a glass of water. It is very important to take it regularly. If you often forget to take it, it may not work as well.
Good protection starts after 7 days of daily use but maximum protection can take 20 days. Discuss your individual situation and your chance of getting HIV with your doctor.
You need to keep taking tenofovir and emtricitabine for 28 days after your last potential HIV exposure to be protected.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with tenofovir and emtricitabine including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Reduced number of blood cells that fight infections in your body - symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat or generally feeling unwell
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Headache, dizziness, tiredness or weakness
Trouble sleeping, strange dreams
Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains
Cough, runny or blocked nose
Darkening of skin or fingernails
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. October 2020
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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