Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate and Emtricitabine (Tenvir EM 300/200mg)
About the drug:
The medicine containing Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate and Emtricitabine as the active ingredients has the brand name of Tenvir EM. Both the salts are combined to consume for the treatment of Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The use of this combination drug is only indicated for people over the age of 18 years. The medicine is classified under antiviral medications that are used specifically for treating viral infections. Doctors prescribe Tenvir EM with other antiretroviral drugs to treat the HIV-1 infection. The active ingredients of the medicine work together to control and prevent the virus from multiplying and slow down the progression of the disease. This helps the immune system to work better.
Uses of the drug:
Suitable for the treatment of HIV infection in an efficient manner, this medicine is available at an affordable price. Known for its high effectiveness and long shelf life, the tablet form can be availed in the packaging of 30 tablets.
Working on the drug:
The combination of two active ingredients, namely Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate lowers the amount of HIV-1 virus in the blood as well as increases the number of CD4+ cells, which cause stimulation of immune response, this, in turn, helps the body to fight the viral infection. Lowering the amount of virus in the body reduces the chances of death or the development of opportunistic infections (infections that develop when your immune system is weak) such as cancer.
Before you take the drug:
Do not take the medication if you:
Have allergic reaction
Have dark urine, clay colored stools
Have a deep and rapid breathing
Tell your doctor if you:
Are suffering from liver or kidney disorders
Are hypersensitive to Emtricitabine, Tenofovir, or any other ingredients of the formulation.
Have chronic hepatitis B infection
Have a bone disorder such as osteoporosis
How much to take the drug?
The correct dosage and prescription depend on the condition of the patient and other factors such as age, weight, and sex. Avoid adjusting your dosage with the approval of your health care specialist. The combination drug should only be used as prescribed and instructed.
How long to take it?
You should continue to take your Tenvir EM tablets on a regular basis for as long as recommended by your health care specialist. Your condition will be monitored by your health care provider during the treatment. You are not allowed to stop the treatment as this may increase the risk of HIV ?resistance.
Do not take more than the prescribed amount of tablets. Taking more pills will not improve your condition or rapidly provide relief; rather they may cause harmful effects. If you or anyone else has taken an overdose of the antiviral drug, please go to the closest hospital and immediately seek medical attention. Also, do not give your medicine to anyone even if you know they have the same problem as this may result in over dosage.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it?s too late, then take the next dose instead of taking the missed one. You must follow a regular dosing schedule but never double up on doses to compensate the missed one.
Side effects of the drug:
Patients taking this combination?medication for HIV treatment?may encounter side effects such as:
Talk to your doctor right away if any of these side effects persist for a long time or interferes with your daily routine:
Unexplained weight loss
Mental or mood changes
Signs of new infections
Symptoms of an overactive thyroid
Severe lower back pain
Common drug interactions:
Taking Tenofovir or Emtricitabine with drugs containing didanosine can increase the level of didanosine in your blood. Some other drugs that may interact with the working of Tenvir EM include cidofovir, albuterol, citalopram, atazanavir, acyclovir, and cholecalciferol.
Things to remember:
Immediately proceed to medical help if you develop an allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include chest tightness, hives, swallowing, skin rashes, and swelling.