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Truvada (Viread + Emtriva)

Type of Drug: Fixed-Dose Combination

Fixed-dose combinations combine the most commonly prescribed doses of several medications into 1 pill. This pill is a combination of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, also called NRTIs, nucleoside analogues, or "nukes." These were the first type of drug available to treat HIV.

When the HIV virus enters a healthy cell, it attempts to make copies of itself. It does this by using an enzyme called reverse transcriptase. NRTIs block that enzyme, so HIV cannot make new copies of itself.

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Approved adult dosing

Viread 300 mg + Emtriva 200 mg in a single tablet

one tablet, once a day

  • Daily

    Truvada (Viread + Emtriva)


Notes on taking this medication

  • No food restrictions, can take with or without food
  • Do not take Truvada with Epivir
  • Persons with kidney problems may need an adjustment to their doses of the component drugs, and have to take them separately, not as a single pill

Same side effects as


  • Gassiness; abdominal discomfort; nausea; diarrhea
  • Kidney impairment
  • Viread is active against hepatitis B, and stopping it can cause "flare-up" of hepatitis B


  • Skin discoloration (particularly in dark-skinned people)
  • Headache; diarrhea; nausea
  • Emtriva is active against hepatitis B, and stopping it can cause "flare-up" of hepatitis B

See accompanying chart: Tips for Common Side Effects

My doctor's instructions

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