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Genvoya is an oral tablet with a combination of antiviral drugs consisting of elvitegravir, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide and an antiviral booster called cobicistat. We carry the brand name of this medication in 150mg/150mg/200mg/10mg!
Genvoya is used for preventing the spreading of human immunodeficiency virus, more commonly known as HIV. If HIV is not caught and treated, it can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, more commonly known as AIDS. HIV is a viral infection that slowly weakens you immune system (the part of your body that fights infections and diseases). AIDS is the result of this condition, which leaves your immune system unable to fight off infections and diseases and you are now vulnerable for life-threatening infections and cancers which can now thrive. A person free of HIV and AIDS has roughly 500 – 2,000 white blood cells; a person with HIV ranges from 200 – 500. Once your white blood cell counts drops below 200, you are diagnosed with AIDS.
Genvoya is effective in the prevention of HIV because elvitegravir, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide (the antiviral medicines) are able to stop the spreading and growth of HIV while the cobicistat (the antiviral booster) reduces the action of enzymes in your liver that break down antiviral medicines, allowing the other ingredients of Genvoya to be used more safely and effectively at lower doses.
Take Genvoya according to your doctor’s instructions; avoid taking more or less of a dose than directed.
Do not take this medication in combination with other HIV medications and ensure each time you take Genvoya, you are taking it with food.
If you receive dialysis, take your dose after receiving dialysis.
If you take an antacid containing aluminum and magnesium hydroxide or calcium carbonate; take it at least 2 hours prior or following your Genvoya dose.
Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use; store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
This product is capable of causing serious and life threatening side effects including a buildup of lactic acids in the blood, liver problems, and new or worsening kidney problems such as kidney failure.
If you have both HIV and HBV (hepatitis B) and also take Genvoya, you risk you HBV flaring up if you suddenly stop taking Genvoya; do not stop taking this medication before discussing it with your doctor.
Some people taking Genvoya have reported new or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. Ensure you have regular blood and urine tests done during the treatment of Genvoya.
This medicine may become less effective if taken during pregnancy. Do not start this medication if you are pregnant. If you plan on becoming pregnant, consult your doctor about a different antiviral medicine to use during your pregnancy. If you do not plan on becoming pregnant, consult your doctor about appropriate birth control methods to use such as non-hormonal birth controls like condoms or a diaphragm with spermicide.
HIV can be passed onto your baby if your HIV is not treated during the time of birth. You doctor may ask you to put your name on a list to track the effects in the baby.
Woman with HIV or AIDS should not breast feed a baby as the virus can be passed to the baby through your breast milk.
To ensure this medicine is safe, tell your doctor about ALL medical conditions you have and ALL medications you take, including herbal supplements, over the counter medicines, prescription medicines and vitamins.
Side effects are not always present in everyone. Others are more sensitive to side effects while they could be mild for others. If side effects ever become too much to handle, contact your doctor right away.
Common side effects of Genvoya (cobicistat/elvitegravir/emtricitabine/tenofovir) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Genvoya (cobicistat/elvitegravir/emtricitabine/tenofovir) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for:
kidney problems - little or no urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath;
lactic acidosis - unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain, vomiting, irregular heart rate, dizziness, feeling cold, or feeling very weak or tired;
liver problems - swelling around your midsection, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
new infection - fever, night sweats, swollen glands, cold sores, cough, wheezing, diarrhea, weight loss, trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with balance or eye movement, weakness or prickly feeling, or swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid), menstrual changes, impotence.
Will this medication prevent the transmission (spreading) of HIV?
No. This medication should not be used as a protection against the transmission of the disease. Do not have unprotected sex or share items that can spread the disease such as toothbrushes and razors.
Is this product safe for kids?
Genvoya is safe for children 12 years old and up and weigh at least 55 pounds (25 kilograms). Anyone under 55 pounds or under the age of 12 should not use this product.
What is the recommended dose for an adult with HIV?
The average dose for an adult with HIV is one tablet taken daily with food.
What does this tablet look like?
Most of the time, Genvoya is capsule-shaped and green in color. GSI (front) 510 (back) is usually imprinted on the tablet.
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