Compare Emtriva vs. Triumeq

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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line and commonly used drug that is taken in combination with other HIV medications to treat or prevent HIV.

Treats HIV infections.

Triumeq (abacavir / dolutegravir / lamivudine) is a 3-in-1 tablet and is one of the first choices used in treating HIV infections. Your doctor will test you to see if you're at risk for developing an allergic reaction to Triumeq (abacavir / dolutegravir / lamivudine) before prescribing it.

Upsides
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line drug option used in combination with other HIV medications to treat HIV.
  • Taken with or without food once a day.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available in many combination tablets if you are looking to lower the number of pills you need to take daily for HIV treatment.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available as a capsule as well as liquid form.
  • One of the first choice medications used to treat HIV.
  • Can take once daily and with or without food.
  • Triumeq (abacavir / dolutegravir / lamivudine) contains three different HIV drugs in one tablet.
Downsides
  • Patients with kidney damage will need to be closely monitored by their doctors in order to provide an appropriate dose.
  • Cannot be used by itself to treat or prevent HIV infection.
  • Can increase your risk of heart attack, especially if you have high blood pressure, high cholestorol, diabetes, or if you smoke.
  • Triumeq (abacavir / dolutegravir / lamivudine) is not recommended if you have liver problems or poor kidney health.
  • Some people have had severe allergic reactions while taking Triumeq (abacavir / dolutegravir / lamivudine). Your doctor will test you for any possible risk of reaction before starting.
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  • Liquid
  • Pill
Price
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Side effects
18possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    23%
  • Nausea
    18%
  • Nasal stuffiness/runniness (Rhinitis)
    18%
  • Rash
    17%
  • Physical weakness and/or lack of energy
    16%
  • Increased cough
    14%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Vomiting
    9%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%
  • Insomnia
    7%
  • Depressive disorders
    6%
  • "Pins and needles" feeling (paresthesia)
    5%
  • Dyspepsia
    4%
  • Muscle pain
    4%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Nerve weakness/numbness/pain
    4%
  • Joint pain
    3%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
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3possible side effects
  • Insomnia
    3%
  • Headache
    2%
  • Fatigue
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity
  • Worsening hepatitis B infection
    • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
  • Similar medications
    • HIV treatment
  • Kidney Damage
    • History of kidney damage
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  • Severe allergic reaction
    • Previous allergic reaction to Triumeq or abacavir
    • Presence of HLA-B*5701 gene
  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity
  • Worsening of hepatitis B or C
    • Hepatitis B infection
    • Hepatitis C infection
  • Fat redistribution
    • HIV treatment
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
  • Heart attack
    • History of coronary heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Dyslipidemia
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Smoking
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