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Drug Dosing Toolkit: Emtriva

for Veterans and the Public

Emtriva (emtricitabine, FTC)

Type of Drug: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor

Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors were the first type of drug available to treat HIV. They are also known as NRTIs, nucleoside analogues, or "nukes."

When the HIV virus enters a healthy cell, it attempts to make copies of itself. It does this by using an enzyme called reverse transcriptase. NRTIs block that enzyme, so HIV cannot make new copies of itself.

Approved adult dosing

one 200 mg capsule Emtriva once a day

  • Daily
    Emtriva 200

    Emtriva

Notes on taking this medication

  • No food restrictions, can take with or without food
  • Persons with kidney problems may need an adjustment to their dose of Emtriva
  • Do not take Emtriva with Epivir

Side effects

  • Skin discoloration (particularly in dark-skinned people)
  • Emtriva is active against hepatitis B, and stopping it can cause "flare-up" of hepatitis B

See accompanying chart: Tips for Common Side Effects

My doctor's instructions

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to substitute for advice from your medical provider or pharmacist. If you have any questions about your medication dosing, talk to your medical provider or pharmacist.