What if my PrEP is a different colour?

 
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Why does the PrEP I bought online not look the same?

We’re all familiar with the blue Truvada branded PrEP pill. If you search online for PrEP images you’ll probably see a whole bunch of blue PrEP pills scattered about, something like this:

 
 

The reason the ‘little blue PrEP pill’ is so popular is because the company that first produced a drug approved for use as PrEP was Gilead - and they named their pill Truvada. That pill was the shade of blue that is now popular online, in health campaigns, and you may have seen people taking.

With all medications, once generic manufacturers were able to produce their own versions of the same drug - they could make it whatever shape and colour they liked. There are now a tonne of generic PrEP manufacturers making their own brand of PrEP medication. Some make them in a different shade of blue to try and match the original, some are a more green in colour, and the newest PrEP generic (Tavin-EM) is white!

The colour doesn’t change how PrEP works - they are all effective at preventing HIV [1]. All these generic PrEP pills have the same active ingredients - Tenofovir and Emtracitabine 300/200mg.


Generic PrEP works just the same as the original Truvada. You can find out more about Generic PrEP in our other article: Does generic PrEP work the same as brand name Truvada?

Here are just some of the different PrEP pills you can buy online

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Notes:

[1] Generic PrEP bought online for UK use is validated by drug testing service (i-base) http://i-base.info/htb/30888

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