Compare Ziagen vs. Vemlidy

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

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Ziagen (abacavir)

Prescription only
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 hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections.

Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide) decreases liver damage from hepatitis B virus (HBV) and has minimal side effects, but doesn't cure the infection.

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).
  • Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide) is a first-choice medicine to treat hepatitis B.
  • Conveniently taken once daily.
  • Compared to Truvada and Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide) is safer for your kidneys and bones.
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).
  • Might not be the best choice for people with severe kidney damage.
  • There's not enough evidence to show that Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide) can be used safely in children ages 18 or younger.
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Used for
  • Hepatitis B treatment
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Price
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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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6possible side effects
  • Headache
    9%
  • Stomach pain
    7%
  • Tiredness
    6%
  • Cough
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Back pain
    5%
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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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  • Worsening of hepatitis B infection
    • Stopping Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide)
  • Hepatitis B and HIV co-infection
    • HIV infection
  • Kidney damage
    • Poor kidney function
    • Taking other medicines that can damage the kidneys
  • Buildup of acid in the blood and swollen, fatty liver
  • Lowered bone mineral density
    • Long-term use of Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide)
    • Use of other medications that result in loss of electrolytes or minerals
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