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Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet


Introduction of Emtricitabine

Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals. It is used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It helps to control HIV infection so your immune system can work better.

Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet is not a cure for HIV or AIDS and only helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body. This helps to lower your risk of getting HIV-related complications and improves your lifespan. It is prescribed in combination with other HIV medicines. Your doctor will recommend the best medicines for you and will decide the doses that you need. Follow carefully the instructions for all the medicines that you are given. It can be taken with or without food. Taking all these medicines regularly at the right times greatly increases their effectiveness and reduces the chances of HIV becoming resistant to them. It is important not to miss doses and to keep taking them until your doctor tells you it is safe to stop.

Common side effects of this medicine include headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and rash. These are usually not serious but tell your doctor if they bother you or do not go away. Rarely, some people may experience a skin reaction or liver damage. Your doctor will closely monitor you for these in the initial period of treatment.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have any skin problems or liver or kidney disease. While using it, you may need regular blood tests to check your blood counts and liver function. Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medicine. Do not have unprotected sex or share personal items like razors or toothbrushes, if you are HIV positive. Talk to your doctor about safe ways like condoms to prevent HIV transmission during sex.

Introduction of Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate

Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals. It is used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It helps to control HIV infection so your immune system can work better.

Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet is not a cure for HIV/AIDS and only helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body. This helps to lower your risk of getting HIV-related complications and improves your lifespan. It may also be used to prevent HIV infection in some people at high risk. This medicine is best taken with food. It is used in combination with other anti-HIV medicines. Taking these medicines regularly at the right time greatly increases their effectiveness and reduces the chances of HIV becoming resistant to them. It is important not to miss doses and to keep taking them until your doctor tells you it is safe to stop.

Common side effects of this medicine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, trouble sleeping, headache, and rash. These are usually not serious but inform your doctor if they bother you or will not go away. It can also increase the risk of bone loss (osteoporosis) if you take it for a long time. Exercise regularly and take calcium and vitamin D supplements as suggested by your doctor. Some people may put on weight while taking medicines to treat HIV/AIDS.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have any liver or kidney disease or bone problems. While taking it, you may need regular blood tests to check your blood counts, liver function, and kidney function. Since this medicine may cause dizziness or sleepiness, do not drive until you know how it affects you. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medicine. Do not have unprotected sex or share personal items like razors or toothbrushes, if you are HIV positive. Talk to your doctor about safe ways like condoms to prevent HIV transmission during sex.

Uses of Emtricitabine

Uses of Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate


Side effects of Emtricitabine

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Ricovir EM

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Depression
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Rash

Side effects of Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Ricovir EM

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Weakness
  • Pain
  • Stomach pain

How Emtricitabine works

Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

How Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate works

Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

Safety advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breast feeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Ricovir EM Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Ricovir EM 200 mg/300 mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick tips

Emtricitabine

  • In combination with other medicines, it is used for the treatment of HIV infections.
  • Take it with food, as this increases the absorption of the medicine into the body.
  • Emtricitabine may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • You may still develop infections or other illnesses associated with viral infection while taking this medication.
  • You can also pass on HIV or HBV to others. Don't share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
  • During treatment and for at least six months after stopping this medicine, regular blood tests are needed to monitor your liver function, level of hepatitis B virus and blood cells in your blood.

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate

  • You have been prescribed Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
  • In combination with other medicines, it is used for the treatment of HIV infections.
  • Take it with food, as this increases the absorption of the medicine into the body.
  • Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • You may still develop infections or other illnesses associated with viral infection while taking this medication.
  • You can also pass on HIV or HBV to others. Don't share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
  • During treatment and for at least six months after stopping this medicine, regular blood tests are needed to monitor your liver function, level of hepatitis B virus and blood cells in your blood.

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Emtricitabine

Q. What class is Emtricitabine?

Emtricitabine and tenofovir belongs to class of antiretroviral medicines

Q. What is emtricitabine and tenofovir?

Emtricitabine and tenofovir used for treatment of HIV infection

Q. What is Emtricitabine used for?

Emtricitabine is used in combination with other medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection

Q. How does Emtricitabine work?

Emtricitabine works by inhibiting the enzyme for DNA synthesis (nucleoside reverse transcriptase) thereby lowering the growth and decrease the amount of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in body

Q. Why Emtricitabine is called FTC?

FTC is the short form assigned to Emtricitabine for common referral term.
Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate

Q. Does Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate prevent passing of HIV-1 and HBV to others?

In case of HIV-1 infection, Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate may reduce the risk of passing the virus to others, but the chances of infecting others still persist. However, in case of HBV infection, Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate has not proven to reduce risk of transferring the virus to others. Therefore, the patients of both HIV-1 infection and HBV infection should practice safe sex and should not share dirty needles.

Q. Is Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate safe?

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. How should I take Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate?

You should take Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate works best when taken with meals or just afterwards. However, taking it without food does not reduce its effectiveness. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor.

Q. For how long do I need to take Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for HBV infection?

Duration of treatment will depend on the severity of HBV infection. You will need to take periodic blood tests to keep a check on the viral load and number of T cells. Your doctor will then decide the duration of the medicine accordingly. In some cases, treatment is required life long.

Q. I vomited after taking Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. What should I do?

Take another tablet of Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate if you vomit within 1 hour of taking it. If you vomit after more than an hour of taking Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, then you need not take another tablet. Consult your doctor if you have vomiting every time you take Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate or if the vomiting persists for a longer duration.

Q. What should I do if I forget to take Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate?

If you forget to take Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate within 12 hours of the time you usually take it, you should take Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate with food as soon as possible and resume the normal dosing schedule. If you miss a dose of Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate by more than 12 hours and it is almost time for the next dose, you should not take the missed dose and simply resume the usual dosing schedule.

Q. Can I breastfeed while receiving treatment with Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for chronic HBV infection?

No, you should not breastfeed your baby since small amounts of Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate pass into breast milk. Further, if your baby does not have HIV or HBV, there is a chance that the baby can get HIV or HBV through breastfeeding.

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References

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