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What Are The Side Effects Of Emtricitabine

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Emtricitabine (Emtriva)

What Is Emtricitabine? Emtricitabine (Emtriva) is a drug used for antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is manufactured by Gilead Sciences. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 925 .) Emtricitabine is also known as FTC. Emtricitabine is also active against hepatitis B. Emtricitabine is a nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or nuke. These drugs block the reverse transcriptase enzyme. This...
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Side effects of Emtricitabine - BY

Although i do not have HIV, i'm a Hep B carrier, and i do know Emtricitabine is a drug that can be used for both (?)I would really want to know the known side effects of those who consume emtricitabine, and the nature/task of this drug.And how...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Emtricitabine is generally very well tolerated, and most who take it don't have significant side effects. I share your concern about long term side effects and complications; since the drug is still in development, we really cannot yet predict... Read more »

EMTRICITABINE / LAMIVUDINE

hello doctor, frequently i have heard these two molecules have completely same profile regarding many important things like drug resistance profile, side effects, pharmacokinetics etc. so, can one choose any of them in their first regimen? which one...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Emtricitabine may be slightly preferred from HIV standpoint but if more expensive then lamivudine may be a better choice if emtricitabine is more than your budget can handle. Both are good choices in general. KH... Read more »

lamivudine vs emtricitabine

hello doctor, frequently i have heard these two molecules have completely same profile regarding many important things like drug resistance profile, side effects, pharmacokinetics etc. so, can one choose any of them in their first regimen? which one...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Lamivudine (3TC, Epivir) and emtricitabine (FTC, Emtriva) are very similar molecules indeed- both often used in combination with other NRTIs, and available in coformulated pills. Overall, the medications are very... Read more »

emtricitabine, tenofovir, efavirenz first line offensive

I use the term "first line offensive" with strong conviction to anyone considering beginning treatment. I was diagnosed HIV positive in April of 2003 and suspect having been HIV positive for some time prior to that given the last time I...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your thoughtful post.The combination of tenofovir (Viread)/ emtricitabine (Emtriva)/ efavirenz (Sustiva) is a newer low pill count option for first line treatment of HIV. While there aren't any formally presented studies on the... Read more »
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Going on Meds

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have been POS for a year or so and my doc now says it is time for me to go onto meds. I am looking for some friendly advice on 2 issues: (1) I assume I will have some side effects from the drugs and may have to take time off work but dont want to... Read more »

For those on the Atripla regimen

Posted by Pos_in_Thailand
I am giving a URL for a very interesting and complete drug interactions database. If you are on Atripla, and are on or will be needing to take any medication for any reason, you can type it's name in the search and see if there is a known... Read more »

Atripla...Tripped out!

Posted by Danigirl, 4 Replies
Hello everyone. Today is the first day my husband tried Atripla and Boy, did it trip him out! I took one look at him when I got home and could tell he was being affected by the drug. His eyes where red and kept scratching or rubbing his face. He... Read more »

Isentress plus Kaletra

Posted by Danigirl, 2 Replies
Has anyone taken a combination of Isentress and Kaletra? My husbands ID doctor called in this prescription after he had a reaction from the Atripla. We are new at this but I understand that traditionally the two aren't given together. The only... Read more »