Serious Complications With Emtriva

Emtriva Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects with Emtriva that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • High triglycerides or high cholesterol
  • Frequent infections, which may be a sign of low neutrophil levels in the blood (known medically as neutropenia)
  • Symptoms of lactic acidosis (too much lactic acid in the blood), such as:


    • Feeling tired or weak
    • Muscle pain
    • Trouble breathing
    • Feeling cold
    • Cold or blue hands and feet
    • Dizziness or lightheadedness
    • A slow or irregular heartbeat
    • Persistent nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain (stomach pain)
    • Shortness of breath
    • An enlarged or tender liver
    • Weight loss


  • Changes in the distribution of fat on your body (such as a "buffalo hump")
  • Depression (see Emtriva and Depression)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

Final Thoughts on Emtriva Side Effects

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the Emtriva side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell whether any particular side effect (such as nausea) is actually caused by Emtriva or other factors. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking Emtriva or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of Emtriva, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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