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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Biktarvy (Bictegravir / Emtricitabine / Tenofovir Alafenamide)

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Biktarvy (Bictegravir / Emtricitabine / Tenofovir Alafenamide)

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50mg/200mg/25mg

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    Description

    Biktarvy is a prescription drug for treating Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) in adults who have never been treated for HIV before or who have suppressed viral loads. It contains a combination of three different drugs that attack different parts of the HIV particles.

    Directions

    Take Biktarvy exactly as directed by your doctor. The usual dosage is one tablet by mouth every day with or without food.

    Ingredients

    The active ingredients in Biktary are bictegravir, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide.

    Interactions

    Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following before starting Biktarvy.

    • Acyclovir-Valacyclovir
    • Adefovir
    • Aminoglycosides
    • Antihepaciviral Combination Products
    • Atazanavir
    • Cabozantinib
    • Calcium Salts
    • CarBAMazepine
    • Cidofovir
    • Cladribine
    • Cobicistat
    • CYP3A4 Inducers
    • Dofetilide
    • Erdafitinib
    • Fosphenytoin-Phenytoin
    • Ganciclovir-Valganciclovir
    • Iron Preparations
    • Ivosidenib
    • Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor
    • MetFORMIN
    • Mitapivat
    • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents
    • Orlistat
    • OXcarbazepine
    • P-glycoprotein/ABCB1 Inducers
    • PHENobarbital
    • Polyvalent Cation Containing Products
    • Primidone
    • Rifabutin
    • RifAMPin
    • Rifapentine
    • Ritonavir
    • St John's Wort
    • Tipranavir
    • UGT1A1 Inducers

    Cautions

    Do not take this drug if you are taking dofetilide or rifampin.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver problems before starting this drug.

    Stop taking this drug if you develop lactic acidosis symptoms while taking it.

    It is not recommended to use other antiretroviral medications while using Biktarvy.

    Do not take this drug if you are also infected with the hepatitis B virus.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions may include:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Abnormal dreams
    • Acute kidney injury
    • Angioedema
    • Decreased neutrophils
    • Depression
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Dyspepsia
    • Fanconi's syndrome
    • Fatigue
    • Flatulence
    • Headache
    • Increased LDL cholesterol
    • Increased serum alanine aminotransferase
    • Increased serum amylase
    • Increased serum aspartate aminotransferase
    • Increased serum bilirubin
    • Increased serum creatine kinase
    • Increased serum creatinine
    • Insomnia 
    • Nausea
    • Proximal tubular nephropathy
    • Renal tubular necrosis
    • Severe renal disease
    • Skin rash
    • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
    • Suicidal ideation
    • Suicidal tendencies
    • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
    • Urticaria
    • Vomiting

    References

    1. Biktarvy [package insert]. Foster City, CA: Gilead Sciences, Inc.; 2018.


    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13218

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