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Brand Names: AccessPak for HIV PEP Expanded with Viracept

Generic Name: emtricitabine, nelfinavir, and tenofovir (Pronunciation: em trye SYE ta been, nel FIN a veer, ten OF oh vir)

What is emtricitabine, nelfinavir, and tenofovir (AccessPak for HIV PEP Expanded with Viracept)?

Emtricitabine, nelfinavir, and tenofovir are antiviral drugs that prevent HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) cells from multiplying in your body.

The combination of emtricitabine, nelfinavir, and tenofovir is used to treat HIV, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medication is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Emtricitabine, nelfinavir, and tenofovir may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of emtricitabine, nelfinavir, and tenofovir (AccessPak for HIV PEP Expanded with Viracept)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

This medication may cause lactic acidosis (a build-up of lactic acid in the body, which can be fatal). Lactic acidosis can start slowly and get worse over time. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as: muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, slow or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or feeling very weak or tired.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • increased thirst, urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath; or
  • signs of infection such as fever, chills, skin lesions, or cough with yellow or green mucus.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • vomiting, diarrhea, bloating;
  • headache, tired feeling, dizziness, depressed mood;
  • sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams;
  • runny or stuffy nose, cough; or
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about emtricitabine, nelfinavir, and tenofovir (AccessPak for HIV PEP Expanded with Viracept)?

You should not take this medication if you have severe liver or kidney disease, or if you are allergic to emtricitabine (Emtriva, Atripla), nelfinavir (Viracept), or tenofovir (Viread). Do not take this medication with other medicines that also contain emtricitabine or tenofovir (Atripla, Emtriva, Viread), or lamivudine (Combivir, Epivir, Epzicom, or Trizivir).

There are many other drugs that can cause serious or life threatening medical problems if you take them together with this medication. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.

Some people develop lactic acidosis while taking emtricitabine or tenofovir. Early symptoms may get worse over time and this condition can be fatal. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms such as: muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, slow or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or feeling very weak or tired.



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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