Emtriva

(Emtricitabine)

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

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

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Upsides

  • 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.

Downsides

  • 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 effect rates 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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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

Common concerns from people taking Emtriva (Emtricitabine)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Take with or without food once a day.
Kidneys and liver
  • emtricitabine is removed from the body by the kidneys, so the dose of emtricitabine needs to be lowered if you have any kidney problems.
  • 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.
  • Severe worsening of Hepatitis B has been seen in patients who have stopped taking emtricitabine. Liver function should be closely watched in people who have both HIV and HBV.