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TRIUMEQ tablets are purple, biconvex, oval, debossed with “572 Tr1” on one side and contain the inactive ingredients D-mannitol, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, and sodium starch glycolate.
TRIUMEQ (dolutegravir, abacavir, and lamivudine) is indicated for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) infection in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older and weighing at least 40 kg.
No drug interaction studies have been done with the fixed dose combination, TRIUMEQ. Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription and non-prescription medications listed below or any that you are taking; including any vitamins, herbal supplements, and dietary supplements. Some drugs may interact with TRIUMEQ and can affect how TRIUMEQ works, or make it more likely that you will have side effects. These include: ? metformin, to treat diabetes ? medicines called antacids, to treat indigestion and heartburn. Do not take an antacid during the 6 hours before you take TRIUMEQ, or for at least 2 hours after you take it. ? calcium or iron supplements. Do not take these supplements during the 6 hours before you take TRIUMEQ, or for at least 2 hours after you take it. If you take food with TRIUMEQ, then you can take calcium and iron supplements at the same time as TRIUMEQ. ? etravirine, efavirenz, fosamprenavir/ritonavir, nevirapine or tipranavir/ritonavir to treat HIV infection ? rifampin, to treat tuberculosis (TB) and other bacterial infections ? phenytoin and phenobarbital, to treat epilepsy ? oxcarbazepine and carbamazepine, to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder ? St. John’s wort, (Hypericum perforatum), a herbal remedy to treat depression ? retinoids ? trimethoprim sulphamethoxazole (co-trimoxazole, an antibiotic used to treat Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (often referred to as PCP) or toxoplasmosis) ? sorbitol-containing medicines (usually liquids) used regularly