emtricitabine (generic name)

It is used to treat HIV
(em tri SIT uh bean; ril pi VIR een; te NOE fo veer)
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What is this medicine?

EMTRICITABINE; RILPIVIRINE; TENOFOVIR (em tri SIT uh bean; ril pi VIR een; te NOE fo veer) is three antiretroviral medicines in one tablet. It is used to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will not stop the spread of HIV to others.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bone problems
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to emtricitabine, rilpivirine, tenofovir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water and food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. For your anti-HIV therapy to work as well as possible, take each dose exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine even if you feel better. Skipping doses may make the HIV virus resistant to this medicine and other medicines. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
  • certain medicines for stomach problems like esomeprazole, pantoprazole, omeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole
  • dexamethasone
  • rifabutin
  • rifampin
  • rifapentine
  • St. John's wort; Hypericum perforatum

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, troleandomycin
  • certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, voriconazole, posaconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole
  • certain medicines for stomach problems like aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, calcium carbonate, cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine, ranitidine
  • certain medicines for viral infections like cidofovir, acyclovir, adefovir dipivoxil, valacyclovir, ganciclovir, valganciclovir
  • methadone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.

HIV is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your doctor about how to stop the spread of HIV.

If you have hepatitis B, talk to your doctor if you plan to stop this medicine. The symptoms of hepatitis B may get worse if you stop this medicine.

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Last Updated: August 22, 2011
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