HIV Drug Treatment Center

What Is Truvada, the HIV Drug?

Truvada may help prevent or treat HIV infection.

Pharmacist Punkaj Khanna overviews the prescription drug Truvada. To determine if this medication could be right for you, talk with your doctor. 

Truvada is a combination two drugs that are used to treat HIV, Tenofovir and Emtricitabine. Truvada is an antiretroviral medication that aims to stop the progression of the infection throughout the body. For people who have tested negative for HIV, Truvada can also be used to help lower your chances of getting the infection through sex. This does not prevent HIV, it only lowers the chance of it happening. 

If you are looking to reduce your chance of getting HIV, you must test negative for HIV before starting the treatment as well as at least every three months while on the drug. Truvada does not cure HIV. It will not stop the spread of the disease that is passed through blood or in some cases sex. 

If you do have HIV, do not have any unprotected sex and never share objects like toothbrushes, razors, or needles. You should continue to keep routine doctor appointments and have your blood work checked regularly. 

Before starting a treatment with Truvada, you should talk to your doctor about the following: if you have any allergies, if you have kidney disease, if you are currently taking any other medications, and if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.

Truvada comes in pill form and is usually taken once a day, with or without food, usually at the same time every day. As you start to feel better, make sure you continue to take the pill every day. Do not stop the medication on your own. You should never take more than one dose of Truvada on the same day.

Talk to your doctor about your HIV treatment plan. If you are unsatisfied with your treatment you and your doctor can work together to create a plan that works for you.  



Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.

This video features Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.. Punkaj Khanna earned his Pharm.D. from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He works at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has special interests in patient education and compliance.

Duration: 3:31. Last Updated On: Jan. 16, 2019, 1:10 p.m.
Reviewed by: Mera Goodman, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Jan. 16, 2019
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