- Generic Name – Efavirenz/Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Dioproxil Fumarate
- Strenght – 600/200/300 mg
- Starting Pack – 30 tablet
An antiviral drug, Viraday helps in prevention of HIV virus from replicating in the body. It is used to treat HIV that leads to AIDS. Viraday contains emtricitabine, efavirenz and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate all in one tablet. Thus, it is taken everyday to prevent the HIV virus from replicating and mutation of the HIV-1 in adults. Viraday helps an infected person life a better, long, healthy AIDS-free life.
This drug is sold under different trade names such as Atripla and Viraday.
Viraday does not help cure HIV. Even after taking this medicine, one can spread the infection through unsafe practices. Thus, one should always exert caution and take care they do not spread the virus.
Viraday is a category D drug and therefore not recommended for a pregnant woman. The drug can harm the unborn baby when taken during pregnancy. In case of pregnancy, inform the doctor immediately so that a new line of treatment can be planned for the pregnant mother. Never stop anti-HIV drugs during pregnancy as it can lead to the infection being passed to the unborn baby.
In case of any underlying condition, such as liver problems, kidney problems, bone problems, use of antipsychotic drugs; inform the doctor before using Viraday.
Use Viraday exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Never change the dosage advised and stop the use of drug when the prescription period is complete. In case of any doubt, read the patient instruction clearly for any information required.
One can take Viraday on an empty stomach at bedtime or as instructed by the doctor. Make sure to take all the other combination drugs prescribed by the doctor along with Viraday.
The drug can lead to false positive tests, thus, inform the labs about the use of Viraday before taking any blood test.
In case one misses the dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose missed. Never take double doses as it can be harmful. In case of overdose, contact your doctor immediately.
Viraday can lead to side effects such as:
- Dizziness and drowsiness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sleep trouble
- Unusual dreams
- Trouble concentrating
- Common skin rash that needs to be bought to the doctor’s attention immediately
- Severe psychiatric problems like depression, confusion, suicidal thoughts, extreme fear, hallucinations, aggression, or unusual behavior. Inform the doctor immediately if one experiences any of these psychiatric problems.
- In some cases, one may develop a previous infection or condition or new condition due to an overactive immune system due to the use of drug.
Never take Viraday along with cisapride, pimozide, triazolam, midazolam, voriconazole, St.John’s Wort, or any other medicine that contains emtricitabine, efavirenz or tenofovir. Avoid taking the drug with medicines such as ergot medicines like dihyroergotamine, ergotamine, egonovine, methyergonovine. Other drugs can interact with Viraday in a potentially harmful way. Therefore, make sure you inform the doctor about any medications, drug, herbal or vitamin supplement, health supplement you take before using Viraday.
Inform the doctor about use of medicines such as antidepressants, blood thinners, lowering drugs, cholesterol, certain antifungal or antibiotic medicines, heart drugs, blood pressure drugs as well as immunosuppressive drugs as well as medicines for treatment of seizures.