efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir (Atripla)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to efavirenz (Sustiva), emtricitabine (Emtriva), or tenofovir (Viread), or if you are taking any of the following drugs:
To make sure you can safely take this medication, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Use two forms of birth control, including a barrier form (such as a condom or diaphragm with spermicide) while you are using this medication and for at least 12 weeks after your treatment ends.
HIV can be passed to your baby if you are not properly treated during pregnancy. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection.
Women with HIV or AIDS should not breast-feed a baby. Even if your baby is born without HIV, the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast milk.
Some people develop a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis while taking efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir. You may be more likely to develop lactic acidosis if you are overweight or have liver disease, if you are a woman, or if you have taken HIV or AIDS medications for a long time. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk.
How should I take efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir (Atripla)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Take this medication on an empty stomach at bedtime.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
To be sure this medicine is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
If you have hepatitis B you may develop liver symptoms after you stop taking this medication, even months after stopping. Your doctor may want to check your liver function for several months after you stop using efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir.
This medication can cause you to have a false positive drug screening test. If you provide a urine sample for drug screening, tell the laboratory staff that you are taking efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir.
HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.
Store in the original container at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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