What is this medication?
BICTEGRAVIR; EMTRICITABINE: TENOFOVIR ALAFENAMIDE (bik teg' ra veer; em tri SIT uh bean; ten of' oh vir al" a fen' a mide) is 3 antiretroviral medicines in 1 tablet. It is used to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. This medicine can lower, but not fully prevent, the risk of spreading HIV to others.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): BIKTARVY
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I use this medication?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. You may cut the tablet in half. This may help you swallow the tablet if the whole tablet is too big. Be sure to take both halves within 10 minutes. Do not take just one-half of the tablet. For your therapy to work as well as possible, take each dose exactly as prescribed on the prescription label. Do not skip doses. Skipping doses can make the HIV virus resistant to this and other medicines. Keep taking this therapy unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Take antacids with aluminum or magnesium in them at a different time of day than this medicine. Take this medicine 2 hours BEFORE or 6 hours AFTER these products.
Take products with calcium or iron in them at the same time you take this medicine with food.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this medicine in children. While it may be prescribed for children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
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 medication?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your health care provider for regular checks on your progress. Tell your health care provider if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
HIV is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your health care provider about how to stop the spread of HIV.
If you have hepatitis B, talk to your health care provider if you plan to stop this medicine. The symptoms of hepatitis B may get worse if you stop this medicine.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care provider as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care provider if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Bottles: Store below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Keep the container tightly closed. Keep this medicine in the original container until you are ready to take it. Get rid of any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Blister Pack: Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep this medicine in the original packaging until you are ready to take it. Get rid of any unused medicine after the expiration date.
To get rid of medicines that are no longer needed or have expired:
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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