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Emtriva

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 »

Emtriva versus Epivir

Is there any real difference between the two other then the manufacturer that makes them?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Sure, there are subtle differences between FTC (Emtriva) and 3TC (Epivir). Both drugs are quite similar in chemical structure and side effect profile. Indeed, they really only differ by an atom. Both drugs are generally very... Read more »

Emtriva and Fatigue

I have been on meds for about 6 weeks and I am feeling very tired. I am taking Kaletra, Viread and Emtriva. I went for labs regarding the fatigue and nurse told me by phone labs do not show cause. (total wbc is 3500, al little lower than when I...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The coinciding of your fatigue with start of your meds does point to the drugs. There are not much data to lead me to single out any one of the agents you are on. All HIV drugs have been reported to be associated with fatigue, but this is a common... Read more »

Emtriva and Fatigue

I have been on meds for about 6 weeks and I am feeling very tired. I am taking Kaletra, Viread and Emtriva. I went for labs regarding the fatigue and nurse told me by phone labs do not show cause. (total wbc is 3500, al little lower than when I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Fatigue in the setting of HIV disease is often multifactorial and can be challenging to sort out. So no more frustrated sighs about having to visit the doctor, OK? Fatigue can be caused by inadequate attention to basic human requirements, such... Read more »
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Truvada (Tenofovir + Emtricitabine)

What Is Truvada? Who Should Take Truvada? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Truvada Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Truvada React With Other Drugs? What Is Truvada? Truvada is a pill that contains two drugs used to... 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 »
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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 »
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HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

Table of Contents The Basics The HIV Lifecycle Approved HIV Drugs Combining HIV Drugs The Bottom Line The Basics HIV drugs cannot cure HIV but they can help you stay healthy by preventingthe virus from reproducing (making... Read more »
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Hey folks - Bummed out and need your help!

Posted by RayZ, 3 Replies
Hey-Been using this site for a long time, but never posted before. I have been POZ since 1987, which was contracted in 1984. And, I am still here!! I have been on EVERY antiviral drug approved by the FDA. Recently, I had to change my meds because... Read more »

need some help

Posted by bstnguy25, 2 Replies
hello all, recently, I just received my HIV lab result. My viral load is about 1.492 and CD 4 around 34 % of CD 3 and 349 uL is that a good number? anyone of you think i should start on meds? the doctor assistant told me that i shouldnt be on med... Read more »

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 »

Anyone having trouble with Truvada

Posted by ScotCharles, 5 Replies
Since beginning Truvada I have been plagued by frequent, loose BMs. I was taking Emtriva and Viread separately before with little side effects; but, shortly after beginning Truvada, I started having these gastric issues. The BMs are bad enough but... Read more »