If you have HIV, you may have been prescribed Stribild for treatment. Stribild is a fixed dose combination of four different drugs, and is used by adults who have never been treated for HIV. Stribild can replace medications in cases where people have an undetectable viral load (which is when a person has less than 50 copies of the virus in their blood work). In these cases, their previous HIV treatment should have lasted at least 6 months without failure, and they should have no known resistance to any of the drugs in the combination.
Stribild does not cure HIV, nor does it stop the transmission of the disease. Make sure you never have unprotected sex, and avoid sharing objects like toothbrushes, razors and needles. Stribild attempts to stop the spread of the infection throughout the body, and aims to prolong the life of someone diagnosed with HIV.
During treatment, continue to see your doctor and have your blood-work checked regularly. Before beginning treatment for Stribild, you will need to be tested for Hepatitis B. You should tell your doctor about any allergies to food or medicines, any health issues, if you are taking other medications, and if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Stribild is taken as a pill once a day, usually with food. Do not take an antacid within two hours of taking Stribild. It’s important not to miss any doses, but if you do, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However if it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed does and get back on schedule with the next dose. Never double up on doses. Your doctor may also instruct you to take calcium and vitamin D along with Stribild to prevent bone issues.
Stribild may cause side effects. Contact your doctor if you experience signs of an allergic, a liver problem or kidney problems. Also tell your doctor if you experience any changes in breathing or heart rate, dizziness, bone or muscle pain, changes to the fat on your body, or a new infection.
Keep an open dialogue with your doctor about your HIV treatment plan.
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