What is Emtricitabine-Tenofovir?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Truvada Ricovir-EM Truvada HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

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Emtricitabine and tenofovir is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from reproducing in your body. Emtricitabine and tenofovir treats HIV, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 330 129
Support immune health 9 3
Increase effect of another treatment 4 2
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) 2 0
General health 2 0
Anxious mood 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 22
Mild 33
None 72

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Emtricitabine-Tenofovir

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 13
Loss of energy 6
Headaches 5
Dizziness 4
Fatigue 4
Nausea 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Emtricitabine-Tenofovir

Dosage Patients
200 mg-300 mg daily 11
200-300 mg daily 6
100-150 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Emtricitabine-Tenofovir

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 39
Other 27
Side effects too severe 13
Course of treatment ended 10
Did not seem to work 4
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Personal research 1
See all 83 patients who’ve stopped taking Emtricitabine-Tenofovir

Duration

Currently taking Emtricitabine-Tenofovir

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Emtricitabine-Tenofovir

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 116
Usually 12
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 96
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 2
$50-99 7
$25-49 9
< $25 60
Not specified 48

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Emtricitabine-Tenofovir after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Atazanavir-cobicistat 1
Cobicistat-elvitegravir-emtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil (Stribild) 1
Efavirenz (Sustiva) 1
Efavirenz-Emtricitabine-Tenofovir (Atripla) 1
Rilpivirine-Tenofovir-Emtricitabine (Complera) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Emtricitabine-Tenofovir and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cobicistat-elvitegravir-emtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil (Stribild) 4
Emtricitabine-Tenofovir Alafenamide (Descovy) 4
Triumeq 2
Abacavir-lamivudine (Epzicom) 1
Atazanavir (Reyataz) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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20 patient evaluations for Emtricitabine-Tenofovir

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Ronnell0053
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Ronnell0053
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : none
985
VL 38
I am: vg
I have:
HIV

See Ronnell0053's full Emtricitabine-Tenofovir history

Jul 14, 2016 (Started Aug 29, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg-300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Stradog585
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Stradog585
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : none
389
VL 0
I am: vg
I have:
HIV

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Sep 30, 2015 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg-300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 25, 2011 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg-300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
keep_on_flying
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keep_on_flying
Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : none
1094
VL 0
I am: vg
I have:
HIV

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Aug 18, 2014 (Started Aug 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg-300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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