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Medivac International > Tenofovir

What is tenofovir?

Tenofovir is a prescription drug. It comes as an oral tablet and oral powder.
Tenofovir oral tablet is available as a generic drug and as the brand-name drugs Viread and Vemlidy.
This drug is used as part of a combination therapy. That means you’ll likely take this drug in combination with other drugs to treat your condition.

Why it’s used

Tenofovir is used to treat:

  • HIV infection, in combination with other antiretroviral drugs. This drug doesn’t eliminate the virus entirely, but it helps to control it.
  • chronic hepatitis B virus infection.

How it works

Tenofovir belongs to a class of drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). It’s also a hepatitis B virus reverse transcriptase inhibitor (RTI). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Tenofovir side effects

Tenofovir oral tablet doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects.

More common side effects

The more common side effects that occur with tenofovir include:

  • depression
  • pain
  • back pain
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • trouble sleeping
  • nausea or vomiting
  • rash

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.

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