How can I minimize the side effects of Stribild?

You can minimize the side effects of Stribild (elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir), a prescription medicine used to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), by closely following the directions that come with the medicine. In addition:
  • Do not take Stribild with other antiretroviral medicines.
  • Take Stribild only if you are an adult.
  • Take Stribild once a day with food. Do not stop taking it or change your dose before talking with your doctor. Do not skip any doses. If you forget to take a dose, take it when you remember, unless it is almost time to take your next dose. In that case, do not take the missed dose; instead, take the next dose at your usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for one you missed. 
  • Make sure that you do not run out of Stribild. If you stop taking this drug for even a few days, the virus might become more difficult to treat.
  • Give your doctor a complete medical history before you start taking Stribild. Tell him or her about all your other medications (prescription or over-the-counter), as well as any supplements you take. Once you're on Stribild, do not start taking another drug or supplement without talking with your doctor first. Stribild can interact with many other prescription medications: Some drugs can change the effectiveness of Stribild, and Stribild can also change the effectiveness of other drugs. Interactions can also increase your risk for severe side effects.

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