An Overview of Emtriva (Emtricitabine)
August 23, 2013
How should I take emtricitabine?
Emtricitabine comes in two different forms:
Take emtricitabine according to your health care provider's instructions.
Take emtricitabine by mouth, with or without food.
Always take emtricitabine in combination with other anti-HIV medicines.
If you take too much emtricitabine, contact your local poison control center (1-800-222-1222) or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
For more information on how to take emtricitabine, see the FDA drug label from DailyMed. (DailyMed is a federal website that includes the most recent drug labels submitted to FDA.)
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than one dose of emtricitabine in a day. Do not take a double dose to make up for a dose you missed.
What side effects can emtricitabine cause?
Emtricitabine can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood) and serious liver problems. (See the WARNING above.)
Other possible side effects of emtricitabine include:
Tell your health care provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of emtricitabine. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist for more information on possible side effects of emtricitabine.
How should emtricitabine be stored?
Where can I find more information about emtricitabine?
More information about emtricitabine is available:
The above Patient Version drug summary is based on the following FDA label(s): Capsule, solution.
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