Emtricitabine Uses, Precautions, Dosage, How to Take and Side Effects

Emtricitabine dosing information:

  • Usual adult dose for HIV infection: Capsules: 200 mg orally once a day; Oral solution: 240 mg (24 mL) orally once a day
  • Usual adult dose for occupational exposure. US Public Health Service working group recommendations: Capsules: 200 mg orally once a day; Duration of therapy: 28 days, if tolerated
  • Usual adult dose for nonoccupational exposure. CDC recommendations: Capsules: 200 mg orally once a day; Duration of therapy: 28 days
  • Usual pediatric dose for HIV infection. Oral solution: 0 to 3 months: 3 mg/kg orally once a day; 3 months through 17 years: 6 mg/kg orally once a day; Maximum dose: 240 mg (24 mL)

How to take Emtricitabine. Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily with or without food or as directed by your doctor. If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Dosage is based on your medical condition, dosage form (capsule or liquid), and response to treatment. In children, the dosage may also be based on weight. Do not switch between the capsule and liquid forms.