Compare Retrovir vs. Triumeq

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Works with other drugs to treat HIV infection or prevents transmission to your baby.

Retrovir (zidovudine) is not the first choice to treat HIV because of its side effects.

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
  • Retrovir (zidovudine) is safe and effective for children and infants.
  • Retrovir (zidovudine) is available in several single-pill combination tablets so you don't need to take as many pills.
  • 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
  • Retrovir (zidovudine) can cause serious blood, muscle, and liver problems.
  • Many people experience nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and headache when taking Retrovir (zidovudine).
  • Taking Retrovir (zidovudine) can raise your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • 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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Used for
  • HIV infection
  • Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission
  • HIV Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP)
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Price
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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Fever
    25%
  • Cough
    15%
  • Skin rashes
    12%
  • Enlarged liver
    11%
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
    9%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    8%
  • Diarrhea
    8%
  • Nasal discharge or congestion
    8%
  • Wheezing
    7%
  • Pain in the ear
    7%
  • Swelling of the mouth
    6%
  • Enlarged spleen
    5%
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3possible side effects
  • Insomnia
    3%
  • Headache
    2%
  • Fatigue
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Blood and bone marrow problems
    • Advanced HIV
    • Anemia
    • Neutropenia
  • Muscle and kidney damage
    • Extended use of Retrovir (zidovudine)
  • Acid build-up in the blood
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity
  • Fat redistribution
    • HIV treatment
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
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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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