Common questions about STRIBILD

Your healthcare provider is always your best source of information on HIV-1 and your treatment. You can review these common questions to get a better understanding of STRIBILD.

What is the most important information I should know about STRIBILD?

STRIBILD can cause serious side effects:

  • Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include feeling very weak or tired, unusual (not normal) muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold especially in your arms and legs, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Serious liver problems. The liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and fatty (steatosis). Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored bowel movements (stools), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain
  • You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking STRIBILD for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions
  • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and stop taking STRIBILD, your hepatitis may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking STRIBILD without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health. STRIBILD is not approved for the treatment of HBV

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Who should not take STRIBILD?

Do not take STRIBILD if you also take a medicine that contains:

Generic Name Brand Name
Adefovir Hepsera®
Alfuzosin Uroxatral®
Carbamazepine Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®, Tegretol-XR®, Teril®
Cisapride Propulsid®, Propulsid Quicksolv®
Ergot, including:
dihydroergotamine mesylate,
ergotamine tartrate,
methylergonovine maleate
D.H.E. 45®, Migranal®, Cafergot®, Migergot®, Ergostat®, Medihaler Ergotamine®, Wigraine®, Wigrettes®, Ergotrate®, Methergine®
Lovastatin Advicor®, Altoprev®, Mevacor®
Lurasidone Latuda®
Midazolam, when taken by mouth
Phenobarbital Luminal®
Phenytoin Dilantin®, Phenytek®
Pimozide Orap®
Rifampin Rifadin®, Rifamate®, Rifater®,
Rimactane®
Sildenafil, when used for treating lung problems Revatio®
Simvastatin Simcor®, Vytorin®, Zocor®
The herb St. John’s wort St. John’s wort
Triazolam Halcion®

STRIBILD is a complete treatment for HIV-1. Do not take it with other HIV-1 medicines.

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What are the potential side effects of STRIBILD?

STRIBILD may cause side effects. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Click here to learn about the potential side effects of STRIBILD.

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What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking STRIBILD?

  • All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection
  • All the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. STRIBILD may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how STRIBILD works. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. Do not start any new medicines while taking STRIBILD without first talking with your healthcare provider
  • If you take hormone-based birth control (pills, patches, rings, shots, etc)
  • If you take antacids. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or after you take STRIBILD
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if STRIBILD can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking STRIBILD
  • If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk. Also, some medicines in STRIBILD can pass into breast milk, and it is not known if this can harm the baby

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Can I take STRIBILD if I’m pregnant?

Talk to your healthcare provider about pregnancy or breastfeeding (nursing)

  • It is not known if STRIBILD can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking STRIBILD
  • Do not breastfeed if you take STRIBILD because:
    • HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk
    • Some medicines in STRIBILD can pass into breast milk. It is not known if this can harm the baby

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What if I forget to take a dose of STRIBILD?

If you miss a dose of STRIBILD, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose of STRIBILD, do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose of STRIBILD at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose.

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What if I run out of STRIBILD?

When your supply of STRIBILD starts to run low, talk to your healthcare provider or go to your pharmacy right away. This is very important because the amount of virus in your blood may increase if you stop taking the medicine for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to STRIBILD and become harder to treat.

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How do I store STRIBILD?

Store STRIBILD at room temperature, 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C), in its original container. You should keep the container tightly closed. Do not use STRIBILD if the seal over the bottle opening is broken or missing.

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Do I need to take STRIBILD with food?

Yes, STRIBILD should be taken with food, which helps get the right amount of medicine in your body.

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Can I get help paying for STRIBILD?



IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is the most important information I should know about STRIBILD?

STRIBILD can cause serious side effects:

  • Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include feeling very weak or tired, unusual (not normal) muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold especially in your arms and legs, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Serious liver problems. The liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and fatty (steatosis). Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored bowel movements (stools), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain
  • You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking STRIBILD for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions
  • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and stop taking STRIBILD, your hepatitis may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking STRIBILD without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health. STRIBILD is not approved for the treatment of HBV

What is STRIBILD?

STRIBILD® is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before. STRIBILD can also replace current HIV-1 medicines for some adults who have an undetectable viral load (less than 50 copies/mL of virus in their blood) and whose healthcare provider determines that they meet certain other requirements. STRIBILD combines 4 medicines into 1 pill to be taken once a day with food. STRIBILD is a complete single tablet regimen and should not be used with other HIV-1 medicines.

STRIBILD does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. To control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses you must keep taking STRIBILD. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

The information in this section is intended for residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.

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