If you have HIV, your doctor might suggest Biktarvy as a treatment option. It’s a prescription drug used to treat HIV-1, the most common kind of HIV infection. Biktarvy is used in adults and some children in the following situations:

  • as a first treatment for HIV, if you haven’t taken antiretrovirals (HIV drugs) before, or
  • Changing your current HIV treatment regimen is possible.

Biktarvy is a capsule that contains three active ingredients. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.

“Biktarvy is a complete regimen for HIV treatment. You don’t need to take any other HIV medications with it.”

This article describes the dosages of Biktarvy, its strengths, and how to take it. To learn more about Biktarvy, see this in-depth article.

Note: This article covers Biktarvy’s usual dosages, which are provided by the drug’s manufacturer. But when using Biktarvy, always take the dosage your doctor prescribes.

“The usual dosages of Biktarvy are mentioned. Follow your doctor’s advice for the correct dose.”

What is Biktarvy’s form?

Biktarvy is a tablet.

What strengths does Biktarvy come in?

Biktarvy tablets have three active ingredients.

  • Bictegravir is a drug.
  • emtricitabine is a drug.
  • Tenofovir alafenamide is a drug.

The tablets are available in two strength combinations.

  • 50 milligrams of BIC, 200 of FTC, and 25 of TAF.
  • 30 percent of BIC, 40 percent of FTC, and 15 percent of TAF.

What are the usual dosages of Biktarvy?

Your doctor will prescribe the dosage that works best for you based on Your age., weight, and other factors. The information below describes dosages that are commonly used or recommended. But be sure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. They’ll determine the best dosage to fit your needs.

Dosage for HIV

The maximum amount of Biktarvy that an adult can take is one tablet containing 50, 200, and 25 grams of BIC, FTC, and TAF. This is taken once daily.

The weight is 2.2 pounds.

What’s the dosage of Biktarvy for children?

Children who weigh at least 14 kilograms are used to use biktarvy.

The maximum amount of BIC, FTC, and TAF for children weighing 14 to 25 kilomes is 30. This is taken once daily.

The same amount of medicine is given to children and adults. One tablet contains 50, 200, and 25 tablets.

The weight is 2.2 pounds.

Is Biktarvy used long term?

Biktarvy is a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor agree that it is safe and effective for your condition, you will likely take it for a long time.

Talk to your doctor if you have questions about long-term use of Biktarvy. They can give more information about the time taken for this drug to work.

Dosage adjustments

If you have health problems, you may need to adjust your Biktarvy dosage.

  • Liver problems. Biktarvy may cause liver problems. Taking this drug is not recommended if you have severe liver problems because it can increase your risk of serious side effects. If you have a history of liver disease, including hepatitis B, tell your doctor. They’ll check your liver function before you start Biktarvy, as well as during your treatment.
  • Kidney problems. Taking Biktarvy may increase your risk of kidney problems. Biktarvy is not recommended if you have severe kidney problems because it can increase your risk of serious side effects. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function before you begin treatment and while you’re taking Biktarvy.

“If you frequently miss a dose of Biktarvy, you are more likely to get resistance to the disease. When your HIV stops responding to Biktarvy’s active ingredients, it means that the medication won’t work as it normally would.”

In case of a missed dose of Biktarvy, take it as soon as you remember. If you need help remembering to take your dose of Biktarvy on time, try using a medication reminder tool. This can include setting an alarm or downloading a reminder app on your phone.

Will my dosage be adjusted if I have renal (kidney) problems?

Biktarvy is not prescribed if you have severe kidney problems. This is because your risk of serious side effects is higher when your kidneys can’t clear Biktarvy from your system.

Your doctor will check your kidney function using blood tests before you begin Biktarvy and during your treatment. No dosage adjustments are needed if your doctor determines it’s safe for you to take Biktarvy.

Before you start treatment, your doctor can tell you more about the tests you need.

Will I need a dosage adjustment if I have liver problems?

Your doctor will check your liver function before you begin treatment with Biktarvy. There’s no dosage adjustment for mild to moderate liver problems. But if you have a severe liver condition, your doctor may recommend another treatment option.

There is a boxed warning from the FDA about the risk of worsening hepatitis B if you have both HIV and hepatitis B and stop taking Biktarvy. Your doctor will monitor your liver function for several months after you stop this drug to ensure your hepatitis B infection doesn’t worsen. If your condition worsens, you may need treatment.

Biktarvy can cause serious problems in rare cases. If you have a problem with the bile duct, your doctor can give you more information about the treatment.

Factors that may affect the dosage of Biktarvy are listed below. These include:

  • Your age.
  • Your body weight.
  • You may have other conditions.
  • You take other drugs.

Biktarvy is a single pill you take once per day. It can be taken with or without food.

Do not take Biktarvy with antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium. If you need to take an antacid, take Biktarvy at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after the antacid.

The parts of the tablet can be split to make it easier for children to swallow. The split tablets should be taken in a 10 minute time frame.

For information on the expiration, storage, and disposal of Biktarvy, see this article.

Accessible drug containers and labels

“If you can’t read the prescription label on your medication, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist. Some pharmacies have labels for medication.”

  • Large print or use of blind.
  • You can use a code on a phone to change the text to sound.

“If your current pharmacy doesn’t offer accessibility features, your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend a new pharmacy.”

Let your pharmacist know if you have trouble opening bottles. Biktarvy can be found in bottles or packs. If you have trouble opening bottles, your pharmacy may be able to give you a pack.

If you take more Biktarvy than your doctor prescribes, you can have serious side effects.

What to do in case you take too much Biktarvy

Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve taken too much Biktarvy. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 (or your local emergency number) or go to the nearest emergency room.

The dosages provided by the drug manufacturer are described in the sections above. If your doctor recommends Biktarvy, they will prescribe the correct amount.

Remember, you shouldn’t change your dosage of Biktarvy without your doctor’s recommendation. Only take Biktarvy exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage. Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask:

  • “Will my Biktarvy dose change if it isn’t working for me?”
  • Is my Biktarvy dosage going to need to be adjusted if I take other drugs that affect my kidneys?
  • Can I restart my Biktarvy regimen after a while?

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.