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.