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Emtricitabine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on May 11, 2020
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Information about Emtricitabine

Generic Name : Emtricitabine
Pronunciation : EM-trye-SYE-ta-been
Latest prescription information about Emtricitabine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiretroviral Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Emtricitabine

India : 

International : 


Why is Emtricitabine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), prescribed for HIV-1 infection either alone or with other medications. It works by blocking the growth of HIV.

When should Emtricitabine not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Emtricitabine?

Adult- PO- The recommended dose is one 200 mg capsule administered once daily.
Child- PO- The recommended dose is 3 mg/kg administered once daily.

How should Emtricitabine be taken?

It comes as a capsule and solution to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Emtricitabine?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of hepatitis B, kidney disease, lactic acidosis, liver disease, obesity, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

It does not stop the spread of HIV to others; avoid sexual contacts, sharing of needles, or injection supplies.

Monitor liver and kidney function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Emtricitabine?

   Most Common : Headache, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, depression, sleeplessness, abnormal dreams, rash, abdominal pain, weakness, increased cough, and nose inflammation.
   Gastrointestinal : Indigestion, nausea and vomiting.
   Musculoskeletal : Joint/muscle pain.
   Central Nervous System : Abnormal dreams, nerve disease, and tingling.
   Respiratory : Increased cough.
   Skin : Rash.

What are the other precautions for Emtricitabine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Emtricitabine?

Store it at room temperature (25C).

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