Compare Ziagen vs. Stribild

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

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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

Ziagen (abacavir) is a first-choice medication that is used with others to treat HIV. It's important that your doctor test you for allergic reactions to Ziagen (abacavir) before starting the medication.

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.

Upsides
  • Ziagen (abacavir) is found in many other combination tablets.
  • Ziagen (abacavir) has few drug interactions.
  • People whose kidneys are not working as well can still take Ziagen (abacavir) without having to change its dose.
  • Kids 3 months and older can use Ziagen (abacavir).
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Ziagen (abacavir) can increase your risk of heart attack.
  • This is not a great medication to take if you have liver problems.
  • Severe allergic reactions have happened in some patients taking Ziagen (abacavir). Your doctor will test you for any possible risk of reaction before starting Ziagen (abacavir).
  • Can't be used in patients with kidney problems.
  • Can interact with many other drugs.
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Side effects
21possible side effects
  • Nausea
    19%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Fatigue and discomfort
    12%
  • Dreams/sleep disorders
    10%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    10%
  • Severe allergic reactions
    9%
  • Fever and/or chills
    9%
  • Headaches/migraine
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Skin rashes
    7%
  • Rashes
    6%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Depression
    6%
  • Dizziness
    6%
  • Muscle and joint pain
    6%
  • Ear/nose/throat infections
    5%
  • Viral respiratory infections
    5%
  • Anxiety
    5%
  • Bronchitis
    4%
  • Pneumonia
    4%
  • Vomiting
    2%
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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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Risks and risk factors
  • Severe allergic reactions
    • Positive genetic test (HLA B5701)
  • Lactic acidosis & severe liver damage
    • Obesity
    • Women
    • History of liver problems
  • Immune system reactivation
  • Fat redistribution
  • Heart attack
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
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  • 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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