An Overview of Stribild (Elvitegravir/Cobicistat/FTC/Tenofovir)
November 30, 2012
Brand Name: Stribild
Stribild can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood) and liver problems.
Contact your health care provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms that may signal lactic acidosis:
Contact your health care provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms that may signal liver problems:
Stribild is not approved for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. People co-infected with HIV and HBV who stopped taking emtricitabine or tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, which are two anti-HIV medicines included in Stribild, have had severe worsening of their HBV infections. The HBV drug adefovir dipivoxil (brand name: Hepsera) should not be taken with Stribild.
While taking Stribild, it is important to keep all of your appointments with your health care provider.
What is Stribild?
Stribild is a prescription medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of HIV infection in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before. Stribild is a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV infection and should not be used in combination with other anti-HIV medicines.
Stribild contains the following four medicines combined in one pill: elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. Elvitegravir is a type of anti-HIV medicine called an integrase inhibitor. Cobicistat is a type of medicine called a pharmacokinetic enhancer. It is used to increase the effectiveness of elvitegravir. Emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate are types of anti-HIV medicines called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). The four drugs in combination prevent HIV from replicating and lower the amount of HIV in the blood.
Stribild does not cure HIV/AIDS. It is not known if Stribild reduces the risk of passing HIV to other people.
What should I tell my health care provider before taking Stribild?
Before taking Stribild, tell your health care provider:
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