Directory of Drugs: Emtricitabine - Emtriva
What is Emtriva used for?
Emtriva is a type of medicine called an HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI). Emtriva helps to block HIV reverse transcriptase, a chemical in your body (enzyme) that is needed for HIV to multiply. Emtriva is always used with other anti-HIV medicines to treat people with HIV infection. Emtriva is for patients over 3 months of age. Emtriva has not been studied fully in adults over age 65.
Emtriva does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. The long-term effects of Emtriva are not known at this time. Emtriva may lower the amount of HIV in the blood (viral load). Emtriva may also help to increase the number of T cells called CD4 cells. Lowering the amount of HIV in the blood lowers the chance of death or infections that happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections). People taking Emtriva may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV infection.
Emtriva does not lower your chances of passing HIV to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to blood. For your health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safe sex and never use or share dirty needles.
It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly while taking Emtriva.
Who should not take Emtriva?
Do not take Emtriva if you are allergic to Emtriva or any of its ingredients.
Special Warnings with Emtriva:
General Precautions with Emtriva:
What should I tell my healthcare provider?
Tell your healthcare provider:
What are some possible side effects of Emtriva? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Emtriva. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
Serious side effects with Emtriva include:
Some common side effects with Emtriva include:
The long-term effects of Emtriva are not known at this time.
Updated: August 9, 2006
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