|| Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate/Emtricitabine
What is Tavin-EM?
Tavin-EM is a a nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) used to treat HIV infection, or can be used by high-risk individuals as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to decrease the risk of contracting HIV. Tavin-EM is a combination medicine containing two antiretroviral agents - emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.
Tavin-EM inhibits an enzyme called reverse transcriptase (RT). This enzyme is needed for the HIV virus to replicate. Because the virus cannot multiply as easily, there is a lower viral load (decreased amount of HIV virus in the blood).
Tavin-EM can be used as a treatment in two different situations. It can be used to treat patients who have already contracted HIV, and it can be used as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to reduce the risk of contracting HIV.
How is Tavin-EM used?
Tavin-EM comes in a bottle of 30 tablets, with each tablet containing 300mg of emtricitabine and 200mg of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.
Tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water and can be taken with or without food.
Your doctor will tell you what dosage to take and for how long to do so. It is important that you do not stop taking Tavin-EM unless advised to, as this can increase HIV resistance. Do not adjust the dosage unless advised.
Some side effects can be a sign of allergic reaction. Let your doctor know immediately if you notice any of the following while taking Tavin-EM:
- blisters under the skin
- rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
- redness of the skin
- skin rash, itching skin, hives or welts
- spots on your skin resembling a blister or pimple
Other possible serious side effects that Tavin-EM can cause are:
- Lactic Acidosis
- Liver Problems
- Worsening of Hepatitis B Infection
These side effects are not a cause for concern. Contact your doctor if they become troublesome to you:
- lack of strength or loss of strength
- passing of gas
- weight loss
- acid or sour stomach
- back pain
- muscle aching or cramping
- muscle pain or stiffness
- joint pain
- generalized pain
- swollen joints
- stomach upset
- difficulty with moving
- loss of interest or pleasure
- feeling sad or empty
- trouble sleeping
- trouble concentrating
- increased cough
- runny nose
- stuffy nose