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Insomnia, headaches, and increased cholesterol levels are the most commonly reported side effects with Complera. Other common problems can include nausea, dizziness, and depression. Reactions such as these are generally mild and easy to treat. However, it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop potentially serious complications, such as kidney problems, persistent vomiting, or problems breathing.

An Introduction to Complera Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Complera™ (emtricitabine/rilpivirine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Complera. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Complera

Complera (or rather, the same combination of medications contained in Complera) has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the Complera combination of HIV medications, while another group was given a different combination. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the other combination.
In these studies, the most common Complera side effects included:
Other common side effects (each occurring in 1 percent of people) included:
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Abnormal dreams
  • A rash.
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