Emtriva Emtricitabine and/or alternatives
Emtriva 200mgManufacturer: Gilead Sciences Inc. Source Country : United States
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Description of Emtriva
Emtriva is listed as a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor or NRTI. The generic name of this drug is Emtricitabine. It is meant for oral administration only. You can buy Emtriva online in the form of an oral solution (Emtriva 10 mg/ml) or oral capsules (Emtriva 200 mg).
The nonmedicinal ingredients present in Emtriva capsules are: microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, povidone, and magnesium stearate.
The nonmedicinal ingredients present in Emtriva solution are: FD&C yellow No. 6, methylparaben, cotton candy flavor, edetate disodium, propylene glycol, sodium phosphate, propylparaben, xylitol, and water.
Indications & Dosage of Emtriva
Emtriva is indicated for the treatment of AIDS and HIV. It is not a cure for these conditions.
The recommended daily dosage for adult patients is 200 mg. If you are taking oral capsules, take 1 Emtriva capsule daily. Patients who are taking the oral solution should take 20 ml daily.
The recommended daily dose for children in the age group of 3 months to 17 years is calculated on the basis of weight. The recommended daily dose is 6 mg/kg.
Side Effects & Interactions of Emtriva
Emtriva may increase the risk of lactic acidosis. Consult your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Pain or weakness in the muscles
- Tiredness, lightheadedness, severe weakness, dizziness
- Uneven heart rate
- Stomach pain, nausea and vomiting
- Cold or numb feeling in the legs or arms
Emtriva may lead to severe and even life-threatening liver damage. Consult your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs of liver damage such as:
- Low fever
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain, nausea
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Dark urine
- Black or tarry stools
During the first few weeks of treatment, Emtriva may increase your risk of other infections. Consult your healthcare provider immediately if you experience chills, cough, flu symptoms, vision or breathing problems, sore throat, or fever.
Do not use Emtriva if you experience a hypersensitive reaction after taking it. Symptoms associated with hypersensitivity are: hives, trouble breathing, swelling of the upper face, wheezing, shortness of breath, skin rashes, and difficulty swallowing.
Less severe side effects associated with Emtriva may include:
- Stomach pain, mild nausea, or diarrhea
- Headache, cough, runny nose
This drug may cause other side effects as well. If you wish to know all the possible side effects of Emtriva, speak to your doctor about it or read the patient information leaflet.
Certain drugs may interact with Emtriva. If you are taking any other medications, whether prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal, inform your doctor about it before you buy Emtriva.
The drugs that are likely to interact with Emtriva are:
- Other medicines that have emtricitabine like Efavirenz
Warnings & Precautions of Emtriva
You should not buy Emtriva if you have a known hypersensitivity to Emtricitabine. Emtriva may cause severe liver damage, lactic acidosis, or flaring-up of certain other infections. Seek medical help if you have any symptoms associated with these conditions.
Before starting treatment, inform your doctor if you have or have had:
- Kidney disease
- Hepatitis B
Emtriva is expected to be safe during pregnancy since it falls under pregnancy category B. However, speak to your doctor before using this drug during pregnancy.