Emtricitabine is used with other medicines to control HIV.
Take emtricitabine as directed with a glass of water. It is very important to take it regularly. If you often forget to take emtricitabine, it may not work as well.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with emtricitabine including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Trouble sleeping, strange dreams
Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains
Cough, runny or blocked nose
Darkening of skin or fingernails
Stomach upset, abdominal pain
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed