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Tenofovir Disoproxil

Tenofovir Disoproxil

What is tenofovir?

Tenofovir is a prescription drug. It comes as an oral tablet and oral powder.

Tenofovir oral tablet is available as a generic drug and as the brand-name drugs Viread and Vemlidy.

This drug is used as part of a combination therapy. That means you’ll likely take this drug in combination with other drugs to treat your condition.

How it works

Tenofovir belongs to a class of drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). It’s also a hepatitis B virus reverse transcriptase inhibitor (RTI). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Tenofovir works in the same way for both HIV infection and chronic hepatitis B virus infections. It blocks the effectiveness of reverse transcriptase, an enzyme required for each virus to make copies of itself. Blocking reverse transcriptase can reduce the amount of the virus in your blood.

How much to take

The usual dose of Tenofovir Disoproxil Mylan is one tablet once a day.

If you have kidney problems, your doctor may recommend that you take Tenofovir Disoproxil Mylan less frequently.


In clinical studies in patients with HIV: The most common side effects of Tenofovir Disoproxil Mylan are:

  • diarrhoea,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, and
  • dizziness.

If you take too much (overdose)?

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 131126), or in New Zealand the Poisons Centre (telephone 0800 764 766) or go to the accident and emergency department at your nearest hospital if you think you or anyone else may have taken too many Tenofovir Disoproxil Mylan tablets. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. This may need urgent medical attention.

Does Tenofovir Disoproxil Mylan cure HIV or AIDS?

Tenofovir Disoproxil Mylan does not cure HIV infection or AIDS.

The long term effects of Tenofovir Disoproxil Mylan are not known at this time. People taking Tenofovir Disoproxil Mylan may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV- 1 infection.

Opportunistic infections are infections that develop because the immune system is weak.

Some of these conditions are:

  • pneumonia,
  • herpes virus infections,
  • and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infections.

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