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As a combination medicine, CompleraTM (emtricitabine/rilpivirine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is considered a complete regimen for treating HIV and AIDS in adults. This drug contains three different HIV medications and works by blocking the action of certain enzymes that are needed for the virus to multiply. Complera comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. It is not approved to be used with other HIV medications and should only be used in people who have not taken any other HIV medications in the past.
Before starting treatment with Complera, make sure to review the medication's safety information with your healthcare provider. For example, you may not be able to use this medicine if you have kidney disease, liver problems, or osteoporosis. Also, this drug may react with certain other medicines, vitamins, or supplements.
Although most people tolerate Complera well, side effects can occur. Some of the common reactions reported with this drug include insomnia, headaches, and increased cholesterol.
(For more information, click Complera. This article offers a complete overview on this medication, including safety warnings, how to ensure the effectiveness of each dose, and more.)
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