If you have HIV, your doctor may prescribe Stribild for you. Stribild is a prescription medication used to treat HIV in adults and some children. To learn more about how Stribild treats HIV, see the “What is Stribild used for?” section below.

Stribild basics

You can take the tablet by mouth. It contains drugs.

  • elvitegravir is a type ofgravir.
  • cobicistat
  • emtricitabine is a drug.
  • Tenofovir disoproxil is a drug.

Stribild doesn’t come in a generic form. This combination of drugs is available only as a brand-name medication.

Learn more about the uses and side effects of Stribild.

Mild or serious side effects may occur with Stribild. Some of the more common side effects of Stribild are described in the lists below. All possible side effects are not included in these lists.

Side effects of a drug can depend on other factors.

  • Your age.
  • You have other health conditions.
  • You take other drugs.

The doctor or the pharmacy can tell you more about the side effects of Stribild. They can suggest ways to reduce side effects.

Mild side effects

Here’s a list of some of the mild side effects that Stribild can cause. To learn about other mild side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist, or read Stribild’s prescribing information.

Mild side effects of Stribild are listed.

The side effects of many drugs can be gone in a few days. If they become intolerable, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The side effect is described in the section “Allergic reaction”.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects from Stribild are not common. If you have serious side effects from Stribild, call your doctor. If you think you have a medical emergency, you should call the emergency number.

There have been serious side effects of Stribild.

* For more information, see the “Boxed warning” section at the beginning of this article.
† To learn more about this side effect, see the “Allergic reaction” section below.

SUICIDE PREVENTION

If you think someone is at risk of self-injury or hurting another person.

  • You can call your local emergency number.
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Guns, knives, medications, and other things should be removed.
  • “Don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you should get help from a hotline. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255.

Allergic reaction

Some people may have an allergic reaction to Stribild. Although allergic reaction wasn’t reported in studies of Stribild, it can still happen.

A mild allergic reaction can include some symptoms.

A more severe allergic reaction is not uncommon. A severe allergic reaction can cause swelling under your skin, usually in your lips, hands, or feet. They can include swelling of your mouth, throat, and tongue, which can cause trouble breathing.

If you have an allergic reaction to Stribild, call your doctor. If you think you have a medical emergency, call the emergency number.

Stribild is used to treat HIV. It’s prescribed for adults and children ages 12 years and older who weigh at least 35 kilograms (about 77 pounds).

The HIV drugs that are used with Stribild are not required. It is considered a complete HIV treatment regimen because it is used on its own.

“If you haven’t tried another HIV medication before, your doctor may prescribe Stribild. If you have tried other HIV drugs before, Stribild may be the best option for you.”

  • You have been using the same HIV treatment for at least 6 months.
  • Your HIV blood levels are below 50 copies per liter.
  • “You haven’t used other HIV drugs that weren’t effective in the past.”
  • “You have HIV that isn’t resistant to the drugs.”

* HIV is measured in copies/mL on certain lab tests, such as the HIV viral load test. This number describes how many copies of the virus are in your body.
† With treatment resistance, a drug isn’t effective at preventing HIV from multiplying in your body.

About HIV

HIV is a virus that can destroy certain cells in your immune system.

“HIV can be spread through bodily fluids. Some people with HIV don’t have symptoms for a long time. But possible symptoms include:”

  • fatigue is low energy
  • Joint and muscle pain.
  • There is a There is a There is a skin rash…
  • There is a throbbing head.
  • sore throat.
  • The night sweats on.
  • There is a lot of There is a lot of diarrhea..

HIV can develop into AIDS if treatment is not given.

Stribild and Genvoya are both antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV. They contain similar active ingredients: elvitegravir is a type ofgravir., cobicistat, emtricitabine is a drug., and tenofovir.

One difference between Stribild and Genvoya is their form and strength of tenofovir. Tenofovir comes in two forms. Stribild contains Tenofovir disoproxil is a drug. and Genvoya contains tenofovir alafenamide.

Genvoya has a lower strength of tenofovir. Tenofovir is 300 milligrams of the drug.

If you’d like to learn more about how these drugs compare, see this article. Also, talk with your doctor about the treatment option that’s right for you.

Your doctor will recommend the dosage of Stribild that’s right for you. Below are commonly used dosages, but always take the dosage your doctor prescribes.

Form and strength

The tablets contain four active ingredients. Each drug has its strengths.

  • Elvitegravir has a maximum of 150 milligrams. is a type ofgravir.
  • 150 tablets of cobicistat.
  • 200 tablets of emtricitabine. is a drug.
  • 300 tablets of tenofovir.

Recommended dosage

You will take one tablet of Stribild with food.

Questions about Stribild’s dosage

There are many questions about the dosage of Stribild.

  • What if I miss a dose of Stribild? It’s important to take Stribild every day. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at its regularly scheduled time.
  • Will I need to use Stribild long term? Yes, Stribild is meant to be used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Stribild is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take it long term.

How long does Stribild take to work? Stribild starts working as soon as you take a dose. The drug lowers the level of HIV in your blood, so you may not notice it working in your body. But during your treatment, your doctor will check your HIV levels through blood tests. It may take several months or up to 1 year of taking Stribild regularly before you have an undetectable level of HIV in your blood.

When considering Stribild, it is important to discuss your health with your doctor.

If you are taking other medications, you should tell your doctor. Drugs can interfere with Stribild.

These are some considerations to discuss with your doctor.

Interactions

Taking a medication with certain vaccines, foods, and other things can affect how the medication works. These effects are called interactions.

Before taking Stribild, you should tell your doctor about all your medication. You should also describe any vitamins, herbs, or supplements you use. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you about any interactions that may occur.

The “Other warnings” section contains information about drug-condition interactions.

Interactions with drugs or supplements

There are several types of drugs that can interact with stribild. Here is a list of drugs.

  • antiretroviral medications such as abacavir/dolutegravir/lamivudine) (Triumeq) and darunavir/cobicistat/emtricitabine is a drug./tenofovir (Symtuza)
  • clarithromycin is an antibacterial drug.
  • antifungal drugs including itraconazole (Sporanox) and ketoconazole
  • The drugs acyclovir and valacyclovir are used for anti-viral purposes.
  • blood thinners, including apixaban (Eliquis), dabigatran (Pradaxa), and clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • hormonal birth control with ethinyl estradiol, such as ethinyl estradiol/desogestrel (Apri) and ethinyl estradiol/norethindrone (Loestrin)
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve)
  • the herbal medicine St. John’s wort

Some drugs that may interact with Stribild are not on this list. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about the interactions that may occur with the use of Stribild.

Boxed warning

Stribild has a boxed warning about the risk of worsening hepatitis B infection in people who have both hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HIV. This is a serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For more information, see the “Boxed warning” section at the beginning of this article.

Other warnings

If you have certain medical conditions, it may not be right for you to use sturbild. These are drug-condition interactions. contraindications may affect whether or not you should use Stribild. A contraindication is a factor that could prevent your doctor from giving you a drug.

Before you take Stribild, talk to your doctor about your health history. The factors to consider are listed below.

  • Depression or other mental health conditions. People with a history of mental health conditions, including depression, may have a higher risk of suicidal thoughts or actions while taking Stribild. Before starting treatment with Stribild, tell your doctor if you’ve had depression or other mental health conditions. They may recommend a different HIV medication. And if you have suicidal thoughts or actions during your Stribild treatment, call 911 or your local emergency number right away.
  • Allergic reaction. If you’ve had an allergic reaction to Stribild or any of its ingredients, your doctor will likely not prescribe Stribild. Ask them about other medications that may be better options for you.
  • Kidney failure. Stribild can cause kidney problems, including kidney failure. If you already have kidney failure, taking Stribild could worsen your condition. Before prescribing Stribild and during your treatment, your doctor will check how well your kidneys are working. If your kidney function worsens while you’re taking Stribild, your doctor may have you stop taking the drug.
  • Liver problems. Stribild may cause The disease of the bile duct. in some people. If you already have liver problems, you may have a higher risk of The disease of the bile duct. from Stribild. Because of this risk, your doctor likely won’t prescribe Stribild for you if you have certain liver problems. Talk with your doctor about another treatment that may be safer for you.
  • Decreased bone density. Stribild may cause bone loss. If you already have bone problems, including bone loss or past fractures, talk with your doctor before taking Stribild. Your doctor may suggest a different HIV drug for you. Or if they do prescribe Stribild, they may monitor your bone health more closely during treatment. They may also have you take calcium and vitamin D supplements while you’re taking Stribild to help prevent bone problems.

Stribild and alcohol

It is not known if Stribild interacts with alcohol. It is important to note that alcohol and Stribild can cause problems with the liver. This side effect may be caused by drinking alcohol during your treatment.

If you drink alcohol, talk to your doctor about the amount that is safe for you to drink.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Stribild is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Being pregnant may result in lower levels of cobicistat and elvitegravir is a type ofgravir. (two of the drugs in Stribild) in the body. This could make Stribild less effective in someone who’s pregnant.

If you do take Stribild while pregnant, you can enroll in a pregnancy registry. Pregnancy registries collect information about a drug’s use during pregnancy to help doctors learn about the drug’s safety. Your doctor can enroll you in the pregnancy registry, and you can learn more from the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry website or by calling 1-800-258-4263.

You shouldn’t breastfeed while using Stribild. Tenofovir and emtricitabine is a drug. (two of the four drugs in Stribild), pass into breast milk. It’s not known how this may affect a breastfed child.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t recommend breastfeeding if you have HIV. Even with undetectable levels of HIV in the blood, it can still be passed to a breastfed child.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

There are many factors that affect the cost of prescription drugs. What your insurance plan covers is one of the factors.

If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. A program called Advancing Access may also be available for Stribild.

You can also check out this article to learn more about saving money on prescriptions.

Find out what the questions are about.

Is Stribild used for postexposure prophylaxis (PEP)?

The FDA does not approve Stribild for PEP. Doctors may prescribe off-label use of Stribild. An FDA-approved drug can be used off label for a purpose other than what it is approved for.

PEP is treatment that’s used to prevent HIV transmission after being exposed to the virus. If you need PEP, you must start your treatment within 72 hours of being exposed.

A study showed that when Stribild was taken once daily, it was effective in preventing HIV transmission in people who had been exposed to the virus.

Talk to your doctor about using Stribild for PEP.

Does Stribild cause weight gain?

No, Stribild doesn’t cause weight gain. Other drugs used to treat HIV, such as dolutegravir (Tivicay), may cause weight gain. But this wasn’t a side effect reported in studies of Stribild.

“HIV can cause weight loss. A person who is HIV positive may gain some or all of the weight back. This isn’t caused by the company.”

If you are concerned about how the drug may affect your weight, talk to your doctor.

Is hair loss a side effect of Stribild?

No, Stribild doesn’t cause hair loss. This wasn’t a side effect reported in studies of the drug.

Abacavir/lamivudine/dolutegravir and abacavir/zidovudine can cause hair loss.

Talk to your doctor if you are worried about hair loss.

“Don’t take more than your doctor prescribes. Side effects can be serious if you use more than this. If you take too much of the drug, your doctor may watch you for signs of overdose.”

What to do in case you take too much Stribild

Call your doctor if you think you’ve taken too much Stribild. 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.

“Your doctor will explain how to take it. They will explain how much to take and how often. Follow your doctor’s instructions.”

Taking Stribild

You can swallow the tablets that are in Stribild.

Accessible medication containers and labels

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

  • Have a large print.
  • Use the visual aids.
  • You can use a code on a phone to change the text into audio.

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

“If you have trouble opening your bottles, please let your doctor know. They may be able to put it in a container. The drug’s container may be easier to open with the help of your pharmacist.”

Questions about taking Stribild

Some questions about taking Stribild are listed below.

  • Can Stribild be chewed, crushed, or split? No, you shouldn’t chew, crush, or split Stribild tablets. You must swallow the tablet whole. If you’re having trouble swallowing your pills, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. This article also has tips that may be helpful for swallowing pills.
  • Should I take Stribild with food? Yes, you should take Stribild with food. This helps your body absorb enough of the drug for it to be effective. You can have either a light or full meal with Stribild.
  • Is there a best time of day to take Stribild? There’s no one best time of day to take Stribild, but you should take it at the same time each day. This helps keep a consistent amount of the drug in your body. Taking Stribild with a meal that you eat at the same time each day can help you remember to take your dose.

Questions for your doctor

You may have questions about your treatment. Discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Here are a few tips that might help you.

  • Before your appointment, write down questions such as:
    • How will the use of Stribild affect me?
  • Bring someone with you to your appointment to make you feel more comfortable.
  • “If you don’t understand something, ask your doctor to explain it.”

“Your doctor and other healthcare professionals are available to help you. They want you to get the best care possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or give feedback on your treatment”

Stribild and Biktarvy are both drugs used to treat HIV. Biktarvy contains the drugs bictegravir, emtricitabine is a drug., and tenofovir alafenamide. Stribild contains elvitegravir is a type ofgravir., cobicistat, emtricitabine is a drug., and Tenofovir disoproxil is a drug..

Both Stribild and Biktarvy have a boxed warning for worsening hepatitis B infection. Before you start treatment with either drug, your doctor will test you for the hepatitis B virus.

If you’d like to learn more about Stribild and Biktarvy, see this detailed comparison. Also, talk with your doctor about whether one of these drugs may be right for you.

If you have questions about taking the drug, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

You may want to ask your doctor some questions about the drug.

  • How often will I need to have my blood tested?
  • Which pain medications are safe to take?
  • Should my partner take the drug to prevent HIV transmission?
  • I have both hepatitis B and HIV. Which HIV drug can replace Stribild?

And if you’re interested in learning about other treatment options for your condition, check out this article.

Q:

Will taking Stribild cure my condition?

Anonymous

A:

No, Stribild can’t cure HIV. Currently, there’s no cure for this condition.

A goal of HIV treatment is to lower the amount of the virus in your body so that it’s undetectable on blood tests. This also lowers the risk of spreading the virus to another person. Stribild can prevent HIV from making copies of itself. In some people, this can lower the amount of the virus to an undetectable level.

If you have questions about how the drug works, talk to your doctor.

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