Emtricitabine / Tenofovir (Generic PrEP)
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Emtricitabine / Tenofovir is is the generic version of PrEP medication. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a prescription drug that helps reduce your risk of getting HIV through sex when it is taken correctly and used alongside safer sex practices.
- How Does Emtricitabine / Tenofovir Work?
Emtricitabine / Tenofovir is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or NRTI. NRTIs work by preventing the HIV virus from multiplying and can reduce the amount of the HIV virus in the body.
- Where Can I Get Emtricitabine / Tenofovir?
Emtricitabine / Tenofovir is safe and widely available at many pharmacies with a prescription from your healthcare provider.
- What Precautions Should I Take with Emtricitabine / Tenofovir?
Before taking Emtricitabine / Tenofovir, let your doctor know if you are allergic to Emtricitabine / Tenofovir or any other medication, have kidney problems or liver problems, or have any other medical conditions.
Let your doctor know right away if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Do not take if you are breastfeeding.
- What Are Some of the Side Effects of Emtricitabine / Tenofovir?
Emtricitabine / Tenofovir is associated with some rare but serious side effects, including the buildup of lactic acid in the blood, known as lactic acidosis, and serious liver problems.
For this reason, let your doctor know right away if you have symptoms such as feeling very weak, trouble breathing, unusual muscle pain, are dizzy or lightheaded, or have a fast or irregular heartbeat, as these could be symptoms of lactic acidosis. Additionally, dark-colored urine, light-colored bowel movements, loss of appetite for several days, and jaundice could be symptoms of liver problems, so let your healthcare provider know right away if you experience them.
- How Should I Store Emtricitabine / Tenofovir?
Emtricitabine / Tenofovir should be stored at room temperature. Keep Emtricitabine / Tenofovir and all medications out of the reach of children.
- Does PrEP Cause Weight Gain?
Emtricitabine / Tenofovir is the generic version of PrEP. PrEP does not cause weight gain and has appeared to temporarily prevent some weight gain and reduce cholesterol slightly in a recent study.
- What Else Do I Need to Know About Emtricitabine / Tenofovir?
Emtricitabine / Tenofovir can interact with some medications, so keep a list of all of the medications that you take and tell your healthcare provider about them. People taking Emtricitabine / Tenofovir to prevent HIV will also need to be regularly tested for HIV and kidney function.
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