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Generic name: Elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, tenofovir alafenamide


Maker: Gilead Sciences

What it does:
Helps prevent replication of HIV

Traditional dosage:
One tablet (150 mg of elvitegravir, 150 mg of cobicistat, 200 mg of emtricitabine, and 10 mg of tenofovir alafenamide) once daily, with food. For those 12 or older who weigh at least 35 kg and are new to antiretroviral therapy; or as replacement therapy for those virologically suppressed for at least 6 months, with no previous virologic failure, and no drug resistance to the components of Genvoya. 

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Do not take with medicines that contain lamivudine (Epivir, Epivir-HBV, Epzicom, Combivir, Trizivir), other antiretroviral medications, antiseizure or antituberculosis drugs, proton pump inhibitors (Kapidex, Dexilant), adefovir (Hespera), St John’s Wort, or more than one dose of dexamethasone. Use caution with antacids, antifungal medications, H2-receptor antagonists, antibiotics, or methadone. If taken with Harvoni, you should be monitored.

Side effects:
Most serious: buildup of lactic acid in blood, severe liver problems, kidney damage, hepatitis B flare-up, depression, bone thinning, changes in immune system
Other: insomnia, headache, rashes, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, depression, abnormal dreams, vomiting, stomach or other pain, weight gain

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