Basic Instructions on Viread

When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take Viread include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet and oral powder form. It is usually taken by mouth once daily. If you have kidney disease, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take it less frequently.


  • For the oral powder, measure each dose with the provided scoop. Mix it into a soft food that does not require chewing (like applesauce or yogurt). Consume immediately without chewing. Do not mix it into a liquid to drink. Not following these directions closely will result in a very bitter taste. 


  • You can take Viread tablets with or without food. If the medicine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Try to take your dosage at the same time every day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions about taking Viread. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing resistance to the medication, thereby making it less effective.

Dosing Information for Viread

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your weight (for children)
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Viread Dosage for more information.)

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