What is Tenofovir?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Viread

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See also: Truvada

Tenofovir is an antiviral medication (a reverse transcriptase inhibitor). It is used in combination with other antiviral drugs to treat HIV in persons with AIDS. The combination antiretroviral products Atripla and Truvada both contain tenofovir.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 88 25
Hepatitis B 9 2
Increase effect of another treatment 1 0
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 1
Mild 9
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tenofovir

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 2
Nausea 2
Distal renal tubular acidosis type 1 1
Elevated creatine kinase (CK) level 1
Fatigue 1
Flatulence 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tenofovir

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 4

Why patients stopped taking Tenofovir

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 2
Did not seem to work 1
Personal research 1
See all 22 patients who've stopped taking Tenofovir

Duration

Currently taking Tenofovir

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Tenofovir

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 1
< $25 12
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tenofovir after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Entecavir (Baraclude) 1

Patients stopped taking Tenofovir and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tenofovir Disoproxil-Lamivudine-Efavirenz 2
Cobicistat-elvitegravir-emtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil (Stribild) 1
Entecavir (Baraclude) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Tenofovir

May 10, 2015 (Started Oct 19, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 20, 2012 (Started Oct 19, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 10, 2014 (Started Jul 05, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 24, 2013 (Started Jul 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I became resistant to this medication, changed to stavudine 40mg 2x daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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