Compare Stribild vs. Descovy

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide) is a first choice combination tablet that is used with other medications to treat HIV and is safe for your kidneys and bones.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Compared to Truvada (a similar drug formulation), Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide) is safe for your kidneys and bones.
  • Take only once daily, with or without food.
  • Children 12 years or older can take Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide).
Downsides
  • Can't be used in patients with kidney problems.
  • Can interact with many other drugs.
  • Might worsen hepatitis B infections if you suddenly stop taking Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide).
  • Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide) is only approved to treat HIV, not to stop you from getting it.
  • Since Descovy (emtricitabine / tenofovir alafenamide) is not a generic, it may be expensive.
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Nausea
    16%
  • Diarrhea
    12%
  • Abnormal dreams
    9%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Rash
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Insomnia
    3%
  • Flatulence
    2%
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1possible side effects
  • Nausea
    10%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity
  • Cannot be used to treat Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
    • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • Decreased bone mineral density
    • History of bone fractures
    • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney damage
    • History of kidney damage
    • Taking other medicines that can harm the kidneys
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
  • Drug interactions
    • Taking medicines that interact with Stribild (elvitegravir / cobicistat / emtricitabine / tenofovir)
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  • Sudden worsening of Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
    • Hepatitis B virus
  • Lactic acidosis and enlarged, fatty liver
    • Liver disease
    • Obesity
  • Kidney damage
    • History of kidney damage
    • Using other drugs known to harm kidneys
  • Weakened bones
    • History of bone fractures
    • Osteoporosis
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV medication
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