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Should I Take Emtriva

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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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Swithing from Epivir to Emtriva

Hi Doctor,Could I switch from Epivir to Emtriva to see if a possible side effect will stop, but if it does not go away, could I then switch back to Epivir? Thanks
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Both 3TC (Epivir) and FTC (Emtriva) are very well tolerated medications. The two are highly similar medications, with similar atomic structures and mechanisms of action, it should be fine to switch from one to the other... Read more »

Switching from Emtriva/Viread to Truvada

I have been on meds since April of 2004 when I started a regimen of Norvir, Lexiva, Emtriva & Viread. At my last doctor's appointment, my doctor had me stop the Emtriva & Viread and start Truvada on 2/17. About 2 weeks later, I began experiencing...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I haven't encountered that problem in patients I have switched from Emtriva/Viread to Truvada. If those symptoms persist then I would consider opting to go back to the Emtriva/Viread within several weeks to see if the symptoms resolve. KH Read more »

Zerit + Kaletra vs. Emtriva + Kaletra

After one year of treatment with Zerit + Kaletra + Covaricil I started showing lipoatrophy on my face. I asked the doc to change my regimen, but he only replaced Zerit with Emtriva. Is that good enough to limit the development of lipoatrophy or...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is no evidence that I am aware of (nor have I observed it in my own practice)that switching off Kaletra would help. Stopping the Zerit could though a switch to Emtriva for that specific purpose has not been studied much (more data on abacavir... Read more »


Hi,I was just diagnosed as positive last month. I am taking Sustiva and Viread/Emtriva in the form of Truvada. My baseline vl was 40,000 and the CD4 count was 355. My question is as follows: Currently, it is two pills in the motning. I heard...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.The triple combination pill of efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC is being actively investigated. While I have no direct knowledge of the timeline for approval of the product, I'd hope to see this within the next 12-24 months. BY Read more »
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Emtricitabine (Emtriva)

What Is Emtricitabine? Who Should Take Emtricitabine? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Emtricitabine Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Emtricitabine React With Other Drugs? What Is Emtricitabine? Emtricitabine (Emtriva)... Read more »

An Overview of Emtriva (Emtricitabine)

em-tri-SIT-uh-bean Brand Name: Emtriva Other Name(s): 524W91, FTC Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Emtricitabine, also known as Emtriva or FTC, is a type of medicine called a nucleoside reverse... Read more »

Emtricitabina (Emtriva)

Brand Name: Emtriva Clase de medicamento: Inhibidor de la transcriptasa inversa análogo de los nucleósidos La emtricitabina, conocida también como Emtriva o FTC, es un tipo de medicamento llamado inhibidor de la transcriptasa... Read more »
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Emtricitabina (Emtriva)

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Emtriva, Reyataz, Videx Ec

Posted by pooo, 3 Replies
Are any of you on Emtriva, Reyataz or Videx Ec?? If so how are you doing on them and have you had any side effects? Read more »

Atripla Once a day

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was jsut prescribed by my doctor, the drug Atripla. It wasnt even in the CVS pharmacy computer yet...or on their shelves....i jsut found out I am positive and my viral load number wasnt good..81,000. So my doctor is putting me on this...anyone... Read more »

Looking for info on Atripla

Posted by rickincattco, 4 Replies
Hello all, Can some please tell me about the new drug Atripla (in plain english). I have seen a few references to it and I would like to know more aobut it. Is it a combination of other drugs out nnow or something totally new. I dont see my Doc... Read more »

Questions about my Drug Combo

Posted by Anonymous
I started a once a day regimen Emtriva/Viread and Viramune. I am doing ok buyt get a feeling of numbness in one of my legs like when your hands or feet fall asleep. Is anyone else on this regimen? Read more »