Prescription onlyClass: Infection

Emtriva 

(emtricitabine)

Prescription onlyClass: Infection
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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

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Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line and commonly used drug that is taken in combination with other HIV medications to treat or prevent HIV.

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Best available price for 30 (200mg) capsules of emtricitabine

Upsides

  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line drug option used in combination with other HIV medications to treat HIV.
  • Taken with or without food once a day.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available in many combination tablets if you are looking to lower the number of pills you need to take daily for HIV treatment.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available as a capsule as well as liquid form.

Downsides

  • Patients with kidney damage will need to be closely monitored by their doctors in order to provide an appropriate dose.
  • Cannot be used by itself to treat or prevent HIV infection.
How it works

Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI). It treats HIV by stopping the virus from replicating within cells in your immune system.

What to expect when you take Emtriva (emtricitabine) for HIV treatment

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Side effect rates for Emtriva (emtricitabine)

294 From clinical trials of Emtriva / HIV treatment (Taken with ZDT/d4t + NNRTI/PI)
  • Diarrhea
  • Nasal stuffiness/runniness (rhinitis)
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Physical weakness and/or lack of energy
  • Increased cough
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sleep difficulty

Risks and Warnings for Emtriva (emtricitabine)

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

    Emtriva (emtricitabine) can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, right sided stomach pain, and dark urine . This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away.

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

Common concerns from people taking Emtriva (emtricitabine)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Taken with or without food once a day.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) should be taken at the same time everyday, with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Patients with kidney damage will need to be closely monitored by their doctors in order to provide an appropriate dose.
  • The dose of Emtriva (emtricitabine) should be adjusted if you have poor kidney health. Your doctor will provide lab tests to ensure you are taking the appropriate dose. Be sure to attend your scheduled doctor and lab appointments in order to make sure that Emtriva (emtricitabine) is working well and safely for you.