Compare Stribild vs. Epzicom

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Stribild
(elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir)

Epzicom
(abacavir / lamivudine)

Treats HIV infection. Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) is a convenient 4-in-1 medication and one of the first choices used to treat HIV infections.Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) contains two medicines in one tablet, used with other medicines, to treat HIV infection. Your doctor does need to test you before you start it to make sure you don't get an allergic reaction.
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Side effects
StribildEpzicom
  • Nausea 16%
  • Diarrhea 12%
  • Abnormal dreams 9%
  • Headache 7%
  • Fatigue 4%
  • Rash 4%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Insomnia 3%
  • Flatulence 2%
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  • Severe allergic reaction 9%
  • Depression/Depressed mood 7%
  • Headache/Migraine 7%
  • Insomnia 7%
  • Fatigue/Malaise 6%
  • Dizziness/Vertigo 6%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Rash 5%
  • Fever 5%
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How it works
StribildEpzicom
Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) is a combination pill that contains four HIV drugs. It treats HIV infections by preventing the virus from attacking your immune cells and multiplying.Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) contains two different nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. It treats HIV infections by preventing the virus from multiplying in your immune cells.
Type of medication
StribildEpzicom
Prescription only
Available as
StribildEpzicom
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
StribildEpzicom
Risk factors for serious side effects
StribildEpzicom
  • Liver disease
  • Women
  • Obesity
  • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • History of bone fractures
Detailed Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) risks & warnings »
  • Previous allergic reaction to Triumeq or abacavir
  • Presence of HLA-B*5701 gene
  • Liver disease
  • Women
  • Obesity
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Pregnancy
Interactions
StribildEpzicom
  • Can interact with many other drugs.
No interactions related info.
Alcohol
StribildEpzicom
No alcohol related info.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol when taking Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine).
Food
StribildEpzicom
  • Take with food.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
StribildEpzicom
  • First-choice treatment for HIV in patients with good kidney function.
  • Can't be used in patients with kidney problems.
  • Severe worsening of Hepatitis B has been seen in patients who have stopped taking Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine). Your doctor will do regular blood tests to check your liver. Immediately report any signs of liver problems (jaundice, dark urine, yellowing of eyes, etc.) to your doctor.
  • Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) isn't recommended if you'll need to adjust the dose of medications due to problems like kidney and/or liver damage.
Weight
StribildEpzicom
No weight related info.
  • Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) can be taken by children weighng at least 55lbs (25kg) or more.
Upsides and benefits
StribildEpzicom
  • First-choice treatment for HIV in patients with good kidney function.
  • One tablet contains four different HIV medications.
  • Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) is only taken once daily.
  • There are assistance programs available through the manufacturer of Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) if you need help paying for high insurance copays.
  • Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) contains two first choice medicines used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV infections.
  • Compared to other HIV medicines, Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) does not have as many drug interactions with other medicines.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) can be taken by children weighng at least 55lbs (25kg) or more.
Downsides and risks
StribildEpzicom
  • Can't be used in patients with kidney problems.
  • Can interact with many other drugs.
  • Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) isn't recommended if you'll need to adjust the dose of medications due to problems like kidney and/or liver damage.
  • Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) can increase your risk of heart attack, especially if you have other heart-related issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke.
  • Severe allergic reactions have happened in some patients taking Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine). Your doctor will test you for any possible risk of reaction before starting Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
StribildEpzicom
  • Take around the same time each day.
  • Take with food.
  • If you take antacids, separate it from Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) by at least two hours.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medication while on Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) to prevent drug interactions.
  • Keep your regularly scheduled doctor's and lab appointments. These help ensure your medication is working well and safely.
  • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) and report them to your doctor.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol when taking Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine).
  • Immediately report any signs of liver problems (jaundice, dark urine, yellowing of eyes, etc.) or sensitivity reactions (rash, fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, etc.) to your doctor.
  • Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) will not stop HIV from being transmitted so continue to practice safe behaviors that can stop this from happening, like safer sex and drug use habits.
  • Don't stop taking Epzicom (abacavir / lamivudine) without talking to your doctor first, especially if you have hepatitis B.
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