Brand : Ricovir 300 mg Tablets
Content : Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate
Manufacturer : Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Form : Tablets
Strength : 300 mg
Packing : 30 tablets per pack
Why Is it Used ?
Tenofovir (Ricovir) is in a class of medications called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Reverse transcriptase is a part of HIV required to infect cells and make more virus. Tenofovir prevents reverse transcriptase from working properly, thus lowering the amount of HIV in the blood.
1 . Before starting an HIV regimen, talk to your health care provider about medication adherence.
Your health care provider will explain that taking HIV medicines every day can protect your health and prevent your HIV infection from advancing to AIDS. HIV drugs will also reduce the risk of your HIV transmission to another person. Your health care provider will emphasize that adherence to an HIV regimen reduces the risk of drug resistance and treatment failure.
2 . How should you use this medication?
- It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose. If you are unsure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
- Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your health care provider has recommended a dose different from another person, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
3. What should you tell your health care provider before starting Tenofovir 300 mg tablets?
Describe your schedule at home and at work to your health care provider. Working together, you can arrange your HIV medication schedule to match your day-to-day routine.
Ask your health care provider for written instructions on how to follow your HIV regimen. The instructions should include the following details:
- How much of this medicine to take?
- When to take Ricovir tablets?
- How to take this HIV medicine (for example, with or without food)?
- What signs of trouble should I be watching for?
- How to store it.
- Are there things I should change about my day-to-day life?
- How can I protect others from getting my HIV?
- Do I have to take medication if I’m feeling OK?
4 . After you start Ricovir (Tenofovir DF) HIV Medicine, use a variety of strategies to maintain adherence.
- Take your HIV medicines at the same time every day.
- Set the alarm on your cell phone to remind you to take your medicines.
- Plan ahead for changes in your daily routine, including weekends and holidays. If you’re going away, pack enough medicine to last the entire trip.
- Keep your medicines nearby. Keep a back-up supply of medicines at work or in your purse or briefcase.
- Use a paper medicine diary to stay on track. Enter the name of medicine (e.g Ricovir 300 mg); include the dose, number of pills to take, and when to take them. Reviewing your diary will help you identify the times that you’re most likely to forget to take your medicines.
- Keep all of your medical appointments. Use a calendar to keep track of your appointments. If you run low on medicines before your next appointment, call your health care provider to renew your prescriptions.
- Get additional tips on adherence by joining a support group for people living with HIV.
- Never change the number of pills or stop your pills without speaking with your clinician.
- Using alcohol or street drugs can make it hard to remember to take medications on time. Be honest about these issues with your provider before agreeing to a treatment plan.