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Truvada contains two anti-viral ingredients emtricitabine (nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor) and tenofovir (nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor). Truvada is being used to prevent HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) cells from proliferating within the body. This is an anti-HIV drug in the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI or "nuke") family and is always given in combination with other anti-HIV drugs. It works by slowing the growth of the virus. You should keep in mind that this product is not a treatment for HIV infection, and also wonít stop the HIV transmission from one person to another by various means including blood contamination or sexual contact. In other words, we can tell that this drug improves your quality of life and lowering your risk of getting complications from HIV.
Truvada can be administered orally before or after food. It is highly advised to take this drug as per your health care providerís prescription. You should not take this drug either more than your doctor prescribed for quick cure as it is having various side-effects. You should immediately refill your prescription before you run out of your drug completely. Do visit your doctor regularly to get clear cut idea about the action of the medicine on your body. It is always recommended to store the drug in the room temperature and away form moisture and heat. Carefully go through the leaflet given along with the tablet and store the tablet in the same container.
Truvada should be taken as per the doctorís dosage. If you have missed a dosage in a day, take the dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dosage, then skip this dosage. Accidently, if you have been overdosed, immediately call the medical emergency and start antidote medication. Other side effects of Truvada include slow or uneven heart rate. Nausea, stomach pain, dyspnea, trouble breathing, numb or muscle pain or weakness.
The major side-effect with this drug is kidney failure. If you use this drug on daily basis in order to counteract the effect of HIV, there is every possibility of your kidney gets affected. Hence frequent visit to your doctorís office is always advisable.
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