Positively Aware Emtriva


FTC emtricitabine

Recommended as a component of initial regimen for most people
Nucleoside "Nuke"

Standard Dose

One 200 mg capsule once daily without regard to food for adults and children regardless of age. According to the label, dosing needs to be adjusted for adults who have decreased kidney function (creatinine clearance less than 50 mL/ min). This medication, however, is often used off-label in reduced renal function below 50 mL/min due to the relatively minimal risk of emtricitabine accumulation and side effects. See package insert for guidance on dosing in the setting of kidney impairment. Must be taken in combination with another antiretroviral(s). Emtriva is dosed based on body weight for children. See the package insert for weight-based dosing. Emtriva is also available as an oral solution (10 mg/mL) (cotton candy flavored) for children aged 0–3 months (3 mg/kg), children aged 3 months to 17 years (6 mg/kg), and adults (10 mg/kg) who are not able to swallow the capsules. Liquid dose is up to a maximum of 240 mg (24 mL) daily; the 200 mg capsule equals 240 mg solution. Emtriva oral solution should be kept in the refrigerator. If kept at room temperature, the oral solution should be used within three months. Emtriva can be substituted for Epivir.

Take missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is closer to the time of your next dose. Do not double up on your next dose.
  •  See package insert for more complete information on potential side effects and interactions.


Gilead Sciences, Inc.
(800) GILEAD-5 (445–3235)


200 mg
30 capsules: $643.82/month
generic: $579.37/month

Potential Side Effects and Toxicity

Potential Drug Interactions

More Information

Doctor Comments

Activist Comments