Emtriva

(Emtricitabine)

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • HIV infection
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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

emtricitabine is currently one of the most popular drugs within the Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) drug class.

  • Take with or without food once a day.
  • emtricitabine can be taken as a capsule or liquid.
  • The emtricitabine oral solution can be stored for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
  • emtricitabine is contained in the following combination products: Atripla, Complera, Stribild, and Truvada.
  • Can't be taken with any drugs containing lamivudine since both are so similar to each other.
  • emtricitabine is removed from the body by the kidneys, so the dose of emtricitabine needs to be lowered if you have any kidney problems.
  • Kids have a higher chance than adults of skin color changes on their hands and feet while taking emtricitabine.

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Side effects for Emtriva (Emtricitabine)

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These are side effects of Emtriva (Emtricitabine) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Emtriva (Emtricitabine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Since emtricitabine is only taken once a day, take it at the same time as your other HIV medications.
  • If being used for kids, the dose of emtricitabine will continue to change as they grow, so keep in touch with their doctor.
  • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking emtricitabine and report them to your doctor.

Risks and Warnings for Emtriva (Emtricitabine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women
    • Obesity
    • Liver disease

    emtricitabine can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use emtricitabine. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Emtriva (Emtricitabine)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe
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Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Take with or without food once a day.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • emtricitabine is removed from the body by the kidneys, so the dose of emtricitabine needs to be lowered if you have any kidney problems.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • emtricitabine can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use emtricitabine. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.