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Stribild
(elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir)

Truvada
(emtricitabine / tenofovir)

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. Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) is a popular combination medicine that has two drugs with the same mechanism of action to treat and prevent HIV infection.
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Have you used Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir)?
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Reviews for Truvada
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Same vs. Stribild
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Side effects
StribildTruvada
  • Nausea 16%
  • Diarrhea 12%
  • Abnormal dreams 9%
  • Headache 7%
  • Fatigue 4%
  • Rash 4%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Sleep difficulty 3%
  • Passing gas 2%
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  • > 5% bone mineral density loss 7%
  • Headache 1%
  • Syphilis 1%
  • Secondary syphilis 2%
  • Abdominal pain 2%
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How it works
StribildTruvada
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.Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) is a combination medication that stops the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) within important cells of the body. Emtricitabine and tenofovir both prevent the virus from taking over normal functions of the cell for its own purposes.
Type of medication
StribildTruvada
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
StribildTruvada
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
StribildTruvada
Risk factors for serious side effects
StribildTruvada
  • Liver disease
  • Women
  • Obesity
  • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • History of bone fractures
Detailed Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir) risks & warnings »
  • Infection with chronic hepatitis B and stopping Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir)
  • Taking high dose anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Undiscovered HIV infection
Detailed Truvada (emtricitabine / tenofovir) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Interactions
StribildTruvada
  • Can interact with many other drugs.
No interactions related info.
Food
StribildTruvada
  • Take with food.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
StribildTruvada
  • First-choice treatment for HIV in patients with good kidney function.
  • Can't be used in patients with kidney problems.
  • Before starting Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir), your doctor will test you for hepatitis B to make sure you're not infected. People who've stopped Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) and had chronic hepatitis B have suffered from liver damage and failure.
  • People on Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) have reported kidney damage, which can be made worse if you take high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs called NSAIDs (Motrin/Advil, Aleve, Mobic, Voltaren, etc.). Call your doctor if you develop bone pain, pain in your arms or legs, or pain or weakness in your muscles.
  • Can cause unusual dreams, or kidney or liver damage.
  • Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) is removed from the body by the kidneys, so the dose of Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) needs to be lowered if you have any kidney problems.
Upsides and benefits
StribildTruvada
  • 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.
  • First-line treatment for preventing HIV infection in combination with other HIV medications.
  • Only has to be taken once a day.
  • Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) prevents and treats HIV infection.
  • Used for preventing HIV infection in case you've been accidentally exposed or if you're in danger of being exposed.
Downsides and risks
StribildTruvada
  • Can't be used in patients with kidney problems.
  • Can interact with many other drugs.
  • Has to be taken at the same time every day or your body can become resistant to the medication.
  • Can't be taken on its own to treat HIV.
  • Can cause unusual dreams, or kidney or liver damage.
  • Can't be taken with any drugs containing lamivudine since both are so similar to each other.
  • Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) is removed from the body by the kidneys, so the dose of Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) needs to be lowered if you have any kidney problems.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
StribildTruvada
  • 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.
  • Since Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) is only taken once a day, try taking it at the same time as your other HIV medications.
  • If being used for kids, the dose of Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) will continue to change as they grow, so keep in touch with their doctor.
  • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) and report them to your doctor.
  • Practice safe sex while taking Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) since the medication will not stop you from passing HIV to other people.
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