Viread (Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Tablets)

Name: Viread (Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Tablets)

Uses of Viread

  • It is used to treat HIV infection.
  • It is used to treat hepatitis B infection.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Viread?

For all uses of Viread:

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Bone problems like bone pain, soft bones, and thin bones have happened with Viread. This may lead to broken bones. You may need to have a test to check your bones. Talk with your doctor.
  • Take calcium and vitamin D as you were told by your doctor.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may rarely cause swollen liver and an acid health problem in the blood. This may be deadly in some cases. The chance may be higher in women, in overweight people, and in people who have taken drugs like this one for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.

Treating HIV infection:

  • This medicine is not a cure for HIV. Stay under the care of your doctor.
  • Hepatitis B testing needs to be done as you were told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • If giving to your child, the dose of Viread may need to be changed as your child's weight changes. Have your child's weight checked often. Talk with the doctor before changing your child's dose.

Hepatitis B infection:

  • This medicine is not a cure for hepatitis infection. Stay under the care of your doctor.
  • You will need to have an HIV test as you were told by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.

How is this medicine (Viread) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take Viread at the same time of day.
  • It is important that you do not miss or skip a dose of this medicine during treatment.
  • Keep taking Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Take with or without food.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • If you are not sure what to do if you miss a dose, call your doctor.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Viread, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Viread. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Viread.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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