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Ftc Dosing

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Common Name: emtricitabine or FTC Brand Name: Emtriva Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One 200 mg capsule once a day, with or without food, and no food restrictions. The dosing needs to be adjusted for people who have decreased kidney function. It is also available as an oral solution; for children 0-3 months the dose is 3 mg per 2.2 lbs....
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Dosing by Weight

Could you give me some advice on dosing by weight? I am 5'-6", 115 lbs and very sensitive to medications. I tried Atripla but the CNC side effects were very strong and it caused issues with my liver as well. Do you know of other patients that take...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.Atripla (tenofovir, FTC and efavirenz) is a fixed-dose combination (FDC)-- meaning that the medication comes in one strength (or dose) only. For those patients who need to change the dose of a FDC, it means taking the... Read more »


Is Atripla recommended for use in children over 12 or can it be used.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The fixed doses of efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC in Atripla are appropriate for a typical adult with good renal function but are likely not be appropriate for younger teenagers depending on body weight. Not much specific information on that. Usually would... Read more »

when should I take Atripla?

Since it is recommended that you take Sustiva at bedtime should you also take the Atripla at Bedtime? Currently taking Truvada and Ziagen in the AM.
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Yes, since the tenofovir/FTC/efavirenz fixed-dose combination (Atripla) contains efavirenz (Sustiva) it should also be dosed at bedtime. (by the way, the combination of tenofovir/FTC (Truvada) and abacavir (Ziagen) is not one that is recommended,... Read more »

Multi Symptom Regimen

Grettings;I an HIV+ with End-Stage Renal Failure along with Hepatitis B.I need to start a regimen with all these other ailments to consider. What do you suggest.thank you...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Your case illustrates why it's never as easy as reading the guidelines in choosing HIV medications. Each person has their own set of needs and medical specifics.In the case of renal failure, many of the nucleosides (or... Read more »
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Phase III Results of FTC in Hepatitis B and HIV Co-Infected Patients

Anti-HBV Activity of Emtricitabine (FTC) in Patients Co-Infected With HIV and Hepatitis B Virus (Forum 215) Authored by F. Raffi, A. Snow, K. Borroto-Esoda, A. Shaw, J. Anderson, J. Sorbel, J. Quinn, E. Mondou, F. Rousseau FTC... Read more »
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The Debut of the Quad Pill

Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly putting two or more drugs into one pill; these are called fixed-dose co-formulations. One company that makes several co-formulations is Gilead Sciences, which sells the following anti-HIV drugs: ... Read more »
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Combo Drug Common Name: emtricitabine and tenofovir DF Brand Name: Truvada Class: fixed dose combination -- nucleoside/nucleotide analogs (also called nucleoside or nucleotide reverse... Read more »
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Common Name: lamivudine or 3TC Brand Name: Epivir Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One 300 mg tablet once a day (or one 150 mg tablet twice... Read more »
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