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What is Descovy (Emtricitabine/Tenofovir AF)?

A popular mixture of ARV medication is Descovy. Aside from its main function as an HIV therapy, the said medication is also utilized as a PrEP. Its two main components are Emtricitabine and Tenofovir.

Descovy Usual Prescription:

  • Prescribe for both adults and children
  • Children prescription - 12 years and above
  • Also, prescribe as a PrEP medication

How does it work?

The major ingredients of Descovy are nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). When joined together, the medication can prevent the reverse transcriptase from helping HIV in spreading. Other than that, this type of medication can assist the body’s immune system to function better. It blocks other health dilemmas from emerging.


Consistent with similar ARV medications, Descovy also follows the same guideline in treating the virus.
  • Patient’s age – for adults and children
  • Weight
  • Pre-existing medical conditions, as well as the patient’s medical history
  • Treatment reaction

Adult Dosage

  • One tablet daily - 12 years old and above

How to take Descovy

Consume this drug once a day. Following the right protocol in taking this medication must be strictly done. Your doctor will give you detailed information about the prescription. Remember to adhere to the instructions given by your doctor. Doing so will make the HIV treatment a successful one. In cases of hypersensitivity, consult with your doctor first and let him/her know about your medical status.

Descovy Side Effects

There are corresponding adverse reactions to taking this drug. Some of it is only minimal and will be gone in a few days. However, if these side effects continue for a longer amount of time, consult your doctor at once.

Mild Side Effects: 

  • Weight loss
  • Pain, burning or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Heartburn
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping

Severe Side Effects: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain 
  • Dizziness 
  • Lightheadedness
  • Muscle aches
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Tingling in the arms and legs
  • Jaundice
  • Light-coloured bowel movements
  • Dark yellow or brown urine
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Decreased urination
  • Difficulty swallowing
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