Compare Genvoya vs. Viread

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Genvoya (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir)

Prescription only
Treats HIV infection.

Genvoya (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) is a convenient 4-in-1 medication. It's one of the first choices used to treat HIV infections and contains a newer medication that's safer for your kidneys and bones.

Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Also treats Hepatitis B Virus.

Viread (tenofovir) is a first-line choice to be used in combination with other medications to treat HIV. Viread (tenofovir) is also a first-line choice in treating HBV.

Upsides
  • First-choice treatment for HIV infections.
  • One tablet contains four different HIV medications and is only taken once daily.
  • Genvoya (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) has fewer side effects (headache, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea), and is safer on your kidneys and bones than Stribild.
  • Can be used with other medications to prevent HIV infection after an exposure.
  • Taken only once daily, with or without food.
  • There are newer formulations of Viread (tenofovir) available that are safer on your kidneys.
  • If tablets are hard for you to swallow, Viread (tenofovir) is available in a powder that's mixed with soft foods.
Downsides
  • Should be taken with food.
  • Can increase cholesterol levels.
  • Can interact with many other drugs.
  • Viread (tenofovir) can't be used on its own to treat HIV infection.
  • Not recommended for patients with kidney damage.
  • Can weaken your bones.
  • Might worsen hepatitis B infections if you suddenly stop taking it.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Powder
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Nausea
    10%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Fatigue
    5%
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1possible side effects
  • Nausea
    9%
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Risks and warnings
  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver

    Liver disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Worsening hepatitis B infection

    Hepatitis B Virus infection

  • Kidney damage

    History of kidney damage

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Immune reconstitution syndrome

    HIV

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Drug interactions

    Taking medicines that interact with Genvoya (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir)

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  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver

    Liver disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Cannot be used to treat Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

    Hepatitis B Virus infection

  • Mood and behavior changes

    History of mental illness

  • Decreased bone mineral density

    History of bone fractures

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage

    History of kidney damage

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions

    Prior severe allergic reaction to Viread (tenofovir) or any of its individual drug components.

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