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Emtricitabine/Tenofovir (Generic Truvada) PrEP Treatment

Emtricitabine/Tenofovir is a generic version of the medicine Truvada which is commonly used in the prohylaxis and preventation of HIV infection. If works by reducing your chances of contracting the virus if taken daily and in conjunction with safe sex methods such as condoms. It also acts to reduce risk of contracting HIV from other sources such as needles.

Preventative treamtment for HIV is commonly referred to as Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. PrEP treatment with Emtricitabine/Tenofovir daily can reduce the risk of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90%, amoungst those who inject drugs it reduces risk by more than 70%. The risk via sexual intercourse is even further reduced if you combine PrEP with condoms and other barrier methods.

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  • liver problems
  • kidney problems
  • immunodeficiency conditions (e.g. HIV) nervous system abnormalities
  • any serious medical condition which may require immediate hospitalisation
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  • Thrush
  • unintentional weight loss
  • chest pain
  • blood in your urine
  • pain when urinating
  • blood in your stools
  • urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • night sweats
  • fever
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  • liver problems
  • kidney problems
  • heart disease 'Long QT' interval (an electrical anomaly of the heart that can lead to heart rhythm disturbances sometimes caused by other medicines you might be on)
  • acute Porphyria (a rare hereditary blood disease)
  • mental health conditions
  • any serious medical conditions which may require immediate hospitalisation
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  • Aminoglycosides (for bacterial infection)
  • Amphotericin B (for fungal infection)
  • Foscarnet (for viral infection)
  • Ganciclovir (for viral infection)
  • Pentamidine (for infections)
  • Vancomycin (for bacterial infection)
  • Interleukin-2 (to treat cancer)
  • Cidofovir (for viral infection)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, to relieve bone or muscle pains) 
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Note: You must not be HIV postive for this treatment as it is a preventative medication. 

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You are at risk if you have partner(s) known to be HIV-1 infected, or you engage in sexual activity within a high prevalence area or social network and one or more of the following:

  • Inconsistent or no condom use,
  • Diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections,
  • Exchange of sex for commodities (such as money, shelter, food, or drugs),
  • Use of illicit drugs,
  • Alcohol dependence, 
  • Incarceration.
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If you need to take a test please either visit your GP or visit Chemist4U to purchase an in-home test kit. 

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  • You’re HIV negative and have had condomless sex in the past 3 months and think you will again in the next three months, and you are: cis or transgender MSM or transgender woman.
  • You’re HIV negative and expect to have sex without condoms with an HIV positive partner/s with a detectable viral load.
  • You don’t meet the first two descriptions and you might be having heterosexual sex, but you’ve been clinically assessed as being at a similar high risk of becoming HIV positive.
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This would usually be the case in patients suffering from problems with their kidneys. If you are unsure please visit your GP to carry out a blood test before ordering. 

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  • You will read the Patient Information Leaflet supplied with your medication
  • You will contact us and inform your GP of your medication if you experience any side effects of treatment, if you start new medication, or if your medical conditions change during treatment
  • The treatment is solely for your own use
  • You are over the age of 18 and you have entered your own information for our identity verification checks
  • You have answered all the above questions accurately and truthfully
  • You understand our doctors take your answers in good faith and base their prescribing decisions accordingly, and that incorrect information can be hazardous to your health
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  • You are happy for your consultation to be reviewed by a European doctor company, and as such it is not subject to CQC Registration or inspection in England. 
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Emtricitabine/Tenofovir is a generic version of the medicine Truvada which is commonly used in the prohylaxis and preventation of HIV infection. If works by reducing your chances of contracting the virus if taken daily and in conjunction with safe sex methods such as condoms. It also acts to reduce risk of contracting HIV from other sources such as needles.

Preventative treamtment for HIV is commonly referred to as Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. PrEP treatment with Emtricitabine/Tenofovir daily can reduce the risk of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90%, amoungst those who inject drugs it reduces risk by more than 70%. The risk via sexual intercourse is even further reduced if you combine PrEP with condoms and other barrier methods.

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What is EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR (PrEP treatment) ?

EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR is a generic version of the medicine Truvada which is commonly used in the prohylaxis and preventation of HIV infection. If works by reducing your chances of contracting the virus if taken daily and in conjunction with safe sex methods such as condoms. It also acts to reduce risk of contracting HIV from other sources such as needles.Preventative treamtment for HIV is commonly referred to as Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. PrEP treatment with Emtricitabine/Tenofovir daily can reduce the risk of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90%, amoungst those who inject drugs it reduces risk by more than 70%. The risk via sexual intercourse is even further reduced if you combine PrEP with condoms and other barrier methods.

What is the most important information I should know about PrEP ?

Emtricitabine/Tenofovir can cause serious side effects:

  • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. Emtricitabine/Tenofovir is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV and stop taking EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR , your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking Emtricitabine/Tenofovir without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.

Who should not take PrEP ?

Do not take Emtricitabine/Tenofovir if you also take:

  • Medicines containing any of the same active ingredients as found in EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR .
  • Certain other medicines used to treat HIV or hepatitis B infection.

What are the other possible side effects of PrEP ?

Serious side effects of Emtricitabine/Tenofovir may also include:

  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR . If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR .
  • Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.
  • Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark "tea-colored" urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain.
  • Bone problems, including bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones.
  • Changes in your immune system. If you have HIV-1 infection and start taking HIV-1 medicines, your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections. This may cause minor symptoms such as fever, but can also lead to serious problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you start taking EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR .

The most common side effects in people taking Emtricitabine/Tenofovir to treat HIV-1 infection include: diarrhea, nausea, tiredness, headache, dizziness, depression, problems sleeping, abnormal dreams, and rash. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or don't go away.

 

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking PrEP ?

  • All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Emtricitabine/Tenofovir can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR .
  • If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. HIV can be passed to the baby in breast milk.
  • All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Emtricitabine/Tenofovir may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
  • If you take certain other medicines with EMTRICITABINE/TENOFOVIR , your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include certain medicines used to treat HIV and hepatitis C infection.

 

Emtricitabine/Tenofovir does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV-1 or passing HIV-1 to others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them. 

 

Dosage instructions
Take ONE tablet daily as preventative for HIV risk. This should not be used as a substitute for safe sex practice. Should be used in conjunction with barrier methods