Tenofovir, PMPA tablets
What do tenofovir tablets do?
TENOFOVIR, PMPA (Viread(TM)) is a drug used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Tenofovir is part of a class of anti-HIV medicines called nucleotide analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Tenofovir will not cure HIV infection or AIDS.
What should my health care professional know before I take tenofovir?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• bone disease or osteoporosis
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• an unusual or allergic reaction to tenofovir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take tenofovir tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Always take tenofovir with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with tenofovir?
• amphotericin B
• antiviral agents (such as acyclovir, foscarnet, ganciclovir, valacyclovir)
• didanosine, ddI
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking tenofovir?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• breathing difficulties or shortness of breath
• changes in body appearance (weight gain around waist and/or face)
• muscle aches or pains
• passing out or fainting
• severe vomiting or diarrhea
• slow or irregular heartbeat
• symptoms of high blood sugar: dizziness, dry mouth, flushed dry-skin, fruit-like breath odor, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach ache, unusual thirst, frequent passing of urine.
• unusual stomach pain or discomfort
• unusual weakness, fatigue or discomfort
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• loss of appetite
• nausea, vomiting
• stomach pain