DESCOVY

emtricitabine/tenofovir AF (FTC/TAF)

Recommended as component of initial regimen for most people

NRTI drug

Nucleoside “Nuke”

Descovy tablet

STANDARD DOSE

One tablet once daily, without regard to food. Tablet contains 200 mg emtricitabine and 25 mg tenofovir alafenamide.

For adults and children weighing at least 55 pounds (25 kg). Crushing or splitting tablets has not been studied and is not recommended; TAF is soluble in water, but has a bitter and burnt aromatic flavor profile.

Take a missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is closer to the time of your next dose. Do not double up on your next dose. Descovy should not be used if CrCl is less than 30 mL/min or if you are on dialysis. In children weighing less than 77 pounds, taking Descovy with a boosted HIV protease inhibitor medication is not recommended. Descovy was approved for HIV prevention (pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP) in October 2019.

MANUFACTURER

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
gilead.com
descovy.com
(800) GILEAD-5 (445–3235)

PHARMACY

Drug Mart Pharmacy
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(800) 877-0337

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• See the individual drugs contained in Descovy: Emtriva (but TAF is not available separately for HIV).

• See package insert for more complete information on potential side effects and interactions. 

Overall, Descovy is well tolerated, but some may experience nausea, headache, stomach pain, or weight loss. Skin discoloration on palms and soles may also occur. May affect the bones and kidneys. In clinical trials, fewer bone and kidney issues were observed with the TAF formulation compared to the TDF formulation. Tell your provider about any pain in extremities, persistent or worsening bone pain and fractures, with or without muscular pain or weakness, as well as any concerning changes in urinary habits as these could be signs of kidney problems. If you have HIV and HBV, guidelines recommend treatment for both viruses. Descovy can be used to treat HIV and HBV simultaneously. If you are co-infected with HBV and HIV, you should not stop Descovy without medical supervision because it can cause your HBV to flare and cause you to experience signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis. HBV should be closely monitored by your provider.

Do not take with Epivir-HBV, Hepsera, or Vemlidy (TAF), used for the treatment of hepatitis B. Use caution with drugs that negatively affect the kidneys, including chronic use or high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs for pain like Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). Descovy should not be taken with certain anticonvulsants (including carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin), Aptivus/Norvir, rifabutin, rifampin, rifapentine, or St. John’s wort. Can be used with hepatitis C drugs such as Epclusa, Harvoni, Sovaldi, Olysio, Daklinza, Viekira Pak, or Zepatier. Tell your provider or pharmacist about all medications, herbals, and supplements you are taking or thinking of taking, prescribed or not, as there are other drug interactions which are not listed here.

Descovy is the newer version of Truvada. Instead of TDF, Descovy contains TAF (tenofovir alafenamide), which reduces serum tenofovir concentration by 90%. This results in lessened impact on kidney and bone mineralization but maintains potent antiviral activity in the CD4 cell. In clinical trials, fewer kidney and bone issues were observed with TAF than with TDF, and significant improvements were seen when switching from TDF to TAF. The long-term impact of TAF on patients with osteopenia or osteoporosis is unknown. Both Descovy and Truvada are currently recommended by DHHS HIV treatment guidelines for first-time therapy for most people. However, unlike Truvada, Descovy is not approved for and should not be used for PrEP. A clinical trial called DISCOVER is currently in progress comparing Descovy to Truvada for PrEP (prevention) in HIV-negative individuals. Because both FTC and TAF are also active against hepatitis B (HBV), Descovy is recommended by DHHS for individuals co-infected with both HIV and hepatitis B. Pediatric HIV guidelines added Descovy last year as part of a preferred regimen. There is insufficient data in pregnancy for the DHHS to recommend the routine use of Descovy in pregnant women at this time. Descovy tablets are relatively small compared to Truvada and other combination tablets, which may be a plus for patients who have difficulty swallowing.

Descovy is the new Truvada in that it contains emtricitabine plus tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) instead of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). What is better about combining with TAF is that it does not cause the same level of kidney problems or lower bone density that TDF does. Both Descovy and Truvada are recommended as first-line therapies in the HHS HIV treatment guidelines. Both are approved and recommended for hepatitis B. Descovy has not been approved for PrEP, however. It is important not to combine with other antivirals not prescribed by a doctor. Many new STRs already contain TAF. Drug interactions may occur, so tell your doctor about all the medications your take, including those sold over the counter.

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Chanice Dorsey
Chanice Dorsey
02:45 12 Mar 20
The staff at Drug Mart are truly an extension of my family. Vik offered me one of the greatest opportunities while in... nursing school, as a graduate, and as a working professional. He continues to encourage young adults to pursue their dreams and provides them with opportunities to be impactful within the community. You can’t get any better than this.read more
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12:02 07 Mar 20
I am very pleased with the service that I receive from the pharmacy. The people who serve you are very helpful and... friendly and assist you in any way that they can. The pharmacist are well informed with your prescription needs, if there's a problem with anything you need they will do their best to resolve any issue you have. I recommend everyone to check them out and get their prescriptions filled at Drug Mart. I will always be a customer of Drug Mart because they are so good at what they do.read more
tracey evans
tracey evans
16:32 03 Mar 20
Drug Mart is my family, I’ve been with them since day 1. I moved away for a few years to another state, I’ve been... back i NJ. a little over 5 years and I’m still a happy customer. They’re very friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful and understanding, prices are better then most..read more
Cassandra Hemby
Cassandra Hemby
21:33 28 Feb 20
I so appreciate the dear people @Drug Mart! I am recovering from cancer and one day while in Chemotherapy I was told I... would need a certain cream right away, but I wouldn't be able to pick it up that day.however there is this very courteous and sweet young lady named Michele that assured me it would be delivered to me in at my daughter's home in Woodbridge, NJ, because that is where I go after having treatment.The kind of caring and compassion received there have made the staff endearing to me and has restored my faith in customer service again.read more
Denise Eady
Denise Eady
20:38 24 Feb 20
I love this place. Best pharmacy around!!!. I have been using this pharmacy since it opened. Whenever I walk in,... everyone is very cordial and always pleasant and with a smile, and they always greet me by nmy name. Vic and the other Pharmacists are very knowledgeable, and the staff takes the time to explain any new medications in detail. If you are not able to pick up your prescriptions, they do HOME delivery which is great. I transferred from Walgreens pharmacy and I am so glad I did!!!read more
Jay Bhatt
Jay Bhatt
21:05 22 Feb 20
The quality of service provided by the pharmacist and the staff is excellent! I wouldn't go to any other pharmacy. They... truly care.read more
Cindy Hall
Cindy Hall
15:21 20 Feb 20
I never have to wait. This is the best pharmacy I ever went to. I highly recommend them to everyone!
Maisha Bryant
Maisha Bryant
00:32 20 Feb 20
I have known Vik and his family since they opened. They have bright back what it means to have a home town family... operated pharmacy. He remembers you, that you have had a baby etc. He is compassionate and always goes above and beyond. He trains his staff to pursue their own dreams. Some have gone on to school. My prayer is that God gives him a long healthy life and that his business continues to prosper. Oh and BTW if you move he does mail order so he can continue to be your pharmacist no need to switch!read more
Sharel E. Gordon-Love
Sharel E. Gordon-Love
19:46 19 Feb 20
My family has been with Drug Mart since they first open and we’ve received top notch service every single time. Vic... and the staff are very friendly, and we are greeted with a smileread more
Tammy Nichols
Tammy Nichols
23:23 18 Feb 20
I used to get my prescriptions at Cvs. But when Drug Mart open close to my house i figured I give then a try and have... not looked back. The staff is always kind, helpful, and considerate. LOVE THIS PLACE.❤read more
Yolanda Parker
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20:50 17 Feb 20
I enjoyed the customer service I experience when I go into this store the friendly atmosphere the warm welcome you get... upon entering and exitingread more
Mike Webb
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16:48 06 Feb 20
Great being able to pick up my meds at this pharmacy. They are the best!
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18:21 28 Jan 20
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21:25 24 Jan 20
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21:03 24 Jan 20
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20:41 24 Jan 20
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19:33 31 Dec 19
Drug mart has the most pleasant employees and the service is swift I can't say enough good things about this pharmacy... Thanks for your years of dedication and service in our communityread more
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13:47 18 Jul 19
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R Turner
R Turner
21:57 01 Jun 19
I've been going here for years since my doctor recommended this pharmacy. They're busier now then when I first started... but their service is still top notch. Thanks again for all your help!read more
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John Aleksandrowicz
22:21 14 Apr 19
Great pharmacy with great customer service. Vik is great. He obviously cares about people and understands the needs of... each. Thank you!read more
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18:54 06 Jan 19
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