Compare Emtriva vs. Trizivir

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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.

Trizivir (abacavir / lamivudine / zidovudine) is a convenient 3-in-1 medication used to treat HIV infections. It's not a first choice medication, but it can be an option for you if other HIV medications have not controlled your viral load.

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.
  • Trizivir (abacavir / lamivudine / zidovudine) combines three different HIV medications into one tablet.
  • Is available in generic form.
  • Doesn't affect your kidneys or bone density like some other HIV medications.
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.
  • Trizivir (abacavir / lamivudine / zidovudine) isn't a first choice medication for treating HIV.
  • Trizivir (abacavir / lamivudine / zidovudine) can increase your risk of heart attack.
  • This is not a great medication to take if you have liver or kidney problems.
  • Severe allergic reactions have happened in some patients taking Trizivir (abacavir / lamivudine / zidovudine). Your doctor will test you for any possible risk of reaction before starting Trizivir (abacavir / lamivudine / zidovudine).
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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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13possible side effects
  • Nausea
    19%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Malaise and fatigue
    12%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    10%
  • Allergic reaction
    8%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Fever and/or chills
    6%
  • Depressive disorders
    6%
  • Musculoskeletal pain
    5%
  • Skin rashes
    5%
  • Ear/nose/throat infections
    5%
  • Viral respiratory infections
    5%
  • Anxiety
    5%
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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 Trizivir, Triumeq or abacavir
    • Presence of HLA-B*5701 gene
  • Blood and bone marrow problems
    • Advanced HIV
    • Anemia
    • Neutropenia
  • Muscle and kidney damage
    • Extended use of Trizivir (abacavir / lamivudine / zidovudine)
  • Rare, serious condtion
    • 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
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