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Elvitegravir, Cobicistat, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Oral tablet

It is used to treat HIV

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What is this medicine?

COBICISTAT; ELVITEGRAVIR; EMTRICITABINE; TENOFOVIR (koe BIS i stat; el vye TEG ra veer; em tri SIT uh bean; te NOE fo veer) is three antiretroviral medicines and a medication booster in one tablet. It is used to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will not stop the spread of HIV to others.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bone problems
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to cobicistat, elvitegravir, emtricitabine, tenofovir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. For your anti-HIV therapy to work as well as possible, take each dose exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine even if you feel better. Skipping doses may make the HIV virus resistant to this medicine and other medicines. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

-medicines for cholesterol like lovastatin, simvastatin
-medicines for headaches like dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
-other antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
-St. John's wort
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

-certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, telithromycin, rifabutin, rifapentine
-certain medications for anxiety or sleep like buspirone, clorazepate, diazepam, estazolam, flurazepam, zolpidem
-certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychiatric disturbances
-certain medicines for erectile dysfunction like tadalafil, vardenafil
-certain medicines for fungal infection like itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole
-certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, clonazepam, ethosuximide, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
-female hormones, like estrogens and progestins and birth control pills
-medicines for infection like acyclovir, cidofovir, valacyclovir, ganciclovir, valganciclovir
-medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, bepridil, digoxin, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, lidocaine, mexiletine, propafenone, quinidine
-phenothiazines like perphenazine, risperidone, thioridazine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.

HIV is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your doctor about how to stop the spread of HIV.

If you have hepatitis B, talk to your doctor if you plan to stop this medicine. The symptoms of hepatitis B may get worse if you stop this medicine.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control. Women who can still have children must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, like a condom.

Last Updated: September 05, 2012
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