Antivirals, HIV Efavirenz-emtricitabine-tenofovir (Generic) Generic drugs, marketed without brand names, contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.
The antiviral drug known as efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir stops the human immunodeficiency virus, often known as HIV, from replicating inside of your body.
Tablets containing efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir What kind of medication is this? The antiviral treatment known as EFAVIRENZ, EMTRICITABINE AND TENOFOVIR stops the human immunodeficiency virus, often known as HIV, from multiplying in your body. HIV may be treated well with this medication in both adults and children over the age of 12 years old. HIV causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The drug in question does not work as a treatment for HIV or AIDS. This drug may potentially be used for other purposes that are not included in this guide to its proper use. Before I start using this medication, what information is important for my physician to have? If you have ever had an allergic reaction to efavirenz (Sustiva), emtricitabine (Emtriva), or tenofovir, you should avoid using this medication (Viread). It is not safe to use this medication at the same time as adefovir (Hepsera) or other drugs that contain emtricitabine, lamivudine, or tenofovir (Combivir, Complera, Emtriva, Epivir, Epzicom, Stribild, Trizivir, Truvada, Viread). When used with other medications, this one may have side effects that are undesirable or even deadly. If you are taking any of the following medications, your doctor may need to make adjustments to the treatment plan he or she has devised for you: midazolam or triazolam; pimozide; St. John's wort; voriconazole; or an ergot medicine—dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine. Children weighing less than 88 pounds should not take this medicine under any circumstances. Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease; a history of mental illness, use of antipsychotic medication, or use of injection drugs; epilepsy or other seizure disorder; low bone mineral density; hepatitis B or C infection; or if you have used injection drugs in the past. This will help your doctor determine whether or not this medication is safe for you to take. Lactic acidosis is a dangerous syndrome that might manifest in certain patients who are taking this medication. This may be more likely to occur in females, persons who are overweight or have a condition of the liver, as well as those who have been taking medicine for HIV/AIDS for an extended period of time. Discuss your risk with your attending physician. FDA pregnancy category D. If you are pregnant, you should not use this medication. It is possible that the unborn child will be harmed. While you are taking this medicine and for at least 12 weeks after you finish your course of treatment, you should use two different methods of birth control, one of which should be a barrier method (such as a condom or diaphragm with spermicide). What is the correct way to take this medication? Always make sure to follow your physician's instructions while using any kind of medication. Always make sure to follow all of the instructions on the label of your medication. Do not use this medication in greater or lower doses than indicated, nor for a longer period of time than specified. When taking this medication, do it before night on an empty stomach. It is possible that you will need to have your blood checked often while you are on this medication. It's possible that your liver function may need to be checked out as well. It is possible that taking this medicine will result in a false positive on a drug screening test. Please let the laboratory personnel know that you are currently taking this medication if you want to give a urine sample for drug testing. Always follow the recommended dosage instructions when taking this medication. It is important that you have the prescription for your medicine renewed before you run out completely. Put this medication back into its original container, keep it at room temperature, and keep it out of the reach of moisture, heat, and light. While not in use, ensure that the cap is securely fastened on the bottle. If you have hepatitis B, it is possible that you will develop symptoms in your liver after you stop using this drug, even months after you have stopped taking it. When you have stopped using this medication, your primary care physician may want to monitor your liver function for a period of several months. What should I do if I forget a dose? If you forget to take a dosage, you should take it as soon as you remember, but if it is almost time for your next dose, you should only take the dose that is due. Do not take duplicate or additional dosages. What other substances could react with this medication? Your kidneys are at risk if you use this medication. This impact is amplified when you take many medications at the same time, such as antivirals, chemotherapy, injectable antibiotics, medicine for gastrointestinal issues, medicine to prevent organ transplant rejection, and some pain or arthritis medications (including aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve). There is a high potential for this medication to interact with other medications. This does not include all of the conceivable combinations of factors. In the course of your treatment with this medication, be sure to keep your doctor informed about any and all medications you are currently taking, as well as any medications you begin or stop taking during your course of treatment. This is especially important to do if you are taking any of the following: a blood thinner (clopidogrel); any other HIV medications (especially atazanavir, didanosine, efavirenz, lopinavir with ritonavir, or tenofovir); This list is not exhaustive, and it is possible for this medicine to interact with a wide variety of other medications. This include both prescription and over-the-counter medications, in addition to herbal and vitamin supplements. Provide any healthcare practitioner who is treating you with a list of all the medications you are currently taking. What side effects should I be on the lookout for while I'm taking this medication? It's possible that this drug will affect either your thoughts or your reactions. While you are driving or engaging in any activity that needs you to be aware, exercise extreme caution. Even if you take this medicine regularly, you will not be protected from transmitting HIV to other individuals. Do not engage in unprotected sexual activity, nor should you share utensils such as razors or toothbrushes. Have a conversation with your healthcare provider about the best and safest strategies to stop the spread of HIV via sexual activity. It is never safe, even for a healthy individual, to share needles that have been used for drugs or medicine. What potential negative reactions may I have from using this medication? You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or neck are all symptoms of anaphylaxis. Symptoms that appear early on in lactic acidosis have the potential to worsen with time, and the illness itself can be deadly. Even if your symptoms are mild, you should seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following: muscle pain or weakness, a feeling of numbness or coldness in your arms and legs, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, a fast or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or a feeling of being very weak or tired. If you develop any of the following symptoms, you should immediately stop using this medication and contact your doctor: Symptoms of kidney disease include increased thirst and urination, lack of appetite, constipation, and little or no peeing; a sore throat, symptoms of the flu, easy bruising, or unusual bleeding may all indicate kidney disease. Symptoms of liver disorders include nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, jaundice, dark urine, and feces that are clay-colored (yellowing of the skin or eyes). unusual thoughts or behavior, extreme anger, severe depression, thoughts of hurting yourself or others, hallucinations, seizure (convulsions); or severe skin reaction — fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling of the skin. Since it alters the manner in which your immune system functions, this medication may put you at an increased risk of developing certain infections or autoimmune illnesses. After beginning therapy with this medication, you may not experience symptoms for several weeks or months. Inform your primary care provider if you have: signs of a new infection include fever, night sweats, swollen glands, mouth sores, diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss; chest pain (especially when you breathe), dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath; cold sores, sores on your genital or anal area; rapid heart rate, feeling anxious or irritable, weakness or prickly feeling, problems with balance or eye movement; difficulty speaking or swallowing, severe lower back pain, loss of bladder or Mild nausea, moderate melancholy, headache, dizziness, fatigued feeling, unusual nightmares, and changes in the form or position of body fat are some of the common adverse effects that may occur (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).
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