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An Overview of Emtriva (Emtricitabine)

August 23, 2013

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How should I take emtricitabine?

Emtricitabine comes in two different forms:

  • 200-mg capsules (brand name: Emtriva).
  • 10-mg/mL oral solution (brand name: Emtriva).

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:

  • Changes in the immune system (immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome).
  • Changes in body fat (lipodystrophy).
  • Skin discoloration.

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?

  • Store emtricitabine capsules between 59°F and 86°F (15°C to 30°C).
  • Store emtricitabine oral solution in a refrigerator, between 36°F and 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze the oral solution. Or store emtricitabine oral solution at room temperature for up to 3 months. After the 3 months, throw away any remaining solution in the bottle.
  • Safely throw away emtricitabine that is no longer needed or expired (out of date).
  • Keep emtricitabine and all medicines out of reach of children.

Where can I find more information about emtricitabine?

More information about emtricitabine is available:

Manufacturer Information

Gilead Sciences

The above Patient Version drug summary is based on the following FDA label(s): Capsule, solution.

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