An Overview of Stribild (Elvitegravir/Cobicistat/FTC/Tenofovir)
August 8, 2018
Brand Name: Stribild
Stribild can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (buildup of lactic acid in the blood) and liver problems.
Contact your health care provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms that could be signs of 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 chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. If you have both HIV and HBV infection and take Stribild, your HBV infection may get worse (flare up) if you stop taking Stribild.
Avoid taking Stribild with other HIV medicines. Certain HIV medicines, if taken with Stribild, may cause serious side effects.
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) to treat HIV infection in adults and children 12 years of age and older who weigh at least 77 lbs (35 kg):
Stribild is a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV infection and should not be used with other HIV medicines.
Stribild contains the following 4 different medicines combined in 1 pill:
Integrase inhibitors (such as elvitegravir) block an HIV enzyme called integrase. NRTIs (such as emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) block an HIV enzyme called reverse transcriptase. By blocking integrase and reverse transcriptase, the drugs in combination prevent HIV from multiplying and can reduce the amount of HIV in the body.
HIV medicines can't cure HIV/AIDS, but taking a combination of HIV medicines (called an HIV treatment regimen) every day helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. HIV medicines also reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
What Should I Tell My Health Care Provider Before Taking Stribild?
Before taking Stribild, tell your health care provider:
How Should I Take Stribild?
Stribild comes in tablet form. Each tablet contains:
Take Stribild according to your health care provider's instructions.
Take Stribild with food. Do not take Stribild with other HIV medicines.
If you need to take a medicine for indigestion (antacid) that contains aluminum and magnesium hydroxide or calcium carbonate during treatment with Stribild, take it at least 2 hours before or after you take Stribild.
If you take too much Stribild, contact your health care provider or local poison control center (1-800-222-1222) right away, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
For more information on how to take Stribild, see the FDA drug label from DailyMed. (DailyMed is a federal website that includes the most recent drug labels submitted to FDA.)
What Should I Do If I Forget a Dose?
If you miss a dose of Stribild, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. But if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and just take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose.
What Side Effects Can Stribild Cause?
Stribild may cause side effects. Many side effects from HIV medicines, such as nausea or occasional dizziness, are manageable. See the AIDSinfo fact sheet on HIV Medicines and Side Effects for more information.
Some side effects from Stribild can be serious. Serious side effects of Stribild include buildup of lactic acid in the blood (lactic acidosis) and liver problems. (See the WARNING box above.)
The most common side effects of Stribild include nausea and diarrhea. Other possible side effects of Stribild include:
Tell your health care provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Stribild. To learn more about possible side effects of Stribild, read the drug label or package insert or talk to your health care provider or pharmacist.
You can report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or online at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/.
How Should Stribild Be Stored?
Where Can I Find More Information About Stribild?
More information about Stribild is available:
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
The above Patient Version drug summary is based on the following FDA label(s): Tablet.
[Note from TheBody: This article was created by AIDSinfo, who last updated it on Aug. 1, 2018. We have cross-posted it with their permission.]
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