Genvoya (elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide) is a brand-name drug prescribed to treat HIV in adults and some children. Genvoya comes as an oral tablet that’s typically taken once per day.
Genvoya belongs to a group of drugs called antiretrovirals. (These are medications that reduce the amount of HIV in the body.) Genvoya contains four active drugs: elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide. Genvoya isn’t available in a generic version.
Genvoya is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a first-time treatment for HIV in adults and some children. It’s also approved as a replacement for another HIV treatment in certain situations.
Keep reading for specific information about the dosage of Genvoya, including its strength and how to take the medication. For a comprehensive look at Genvoya, see this article.
Note: This article describes typical dosages for Genvoya provided by the drug’s manufacturer. When taking Genvoya, always follow the dosage prescribed by your doctor.
Read below for recommended dosages of Genvoya.
Genvoya comes as an oral tablet.
Genvoya comes in one strength. Each tablet contains four drugs in the following amounts:
- elvitegravir: 150 milligrams (mg)
- cobicistat: 150 mg
- emtricitabine: 200 mg
- tenofovir alafenamide: 10 mg
The following information describes the dosage that’s commonly prescribed or recommended in adults. However, be sure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. Your doctor will determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
Dosage for HIV
Your doctor may prescribe Genvoya as a first treatment for HIV or to replace another treatment. The typical adult dosage for HIV is one tablet per day.
Genvoya is approved as an HIV treatment in children of any age who weigh at least 25 kilograms (kg), or about 55 pounds (lb). (One kg is about 2.2 lb.)
The children’s dosage is the same as the adult dosage. For details, see “Dosage for HIV” just above.
If you have questions about your child’s dosage, talk with their doctor for more information.
Genvoya is meant to be a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Genvoya is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take it long term.
If you have questions about your treatment plan, talk with your doctor.
The Genvoya dosage your doctor prescribes will depend on other medical conditions you have.
Be sure to tell your doctor about your health history before starting Genvoya. If you have questions about the dosage that’s best for you, talk with your doctor.
Genvoya comes as a tablet that you swallow whole. You should take your dose with food.
It may be helpful to take Genvoya around the same time each day. This helps maintain a steady level of the drug in your body so Genvoya can work effectively.
The timing of your Genvoya dose may need to be adjusted if you also take certain medications or supplements. For example, be sure to take Genvoya at least 2 hours apart from any products that contain calcium, magnesium, iron, or other minerals. Taking these products too close to Genvoya can make Genvoya less effective. For more information, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble swallowing tablets, see this article for tips on how to take this form of medication.
ACCESSIBLE DRUG LABELS AND CONTAINERS
Some pharmacies offer labels with large print, braille, or a code you scan with a smartphone to convert text to speech. If your local pharmacy doesn’t have these options, your doctor or pharmacist might be able to recommend a pharmacy that does.
If you’re having trouble opening medication bottles, ask your pharmacist about putting Genvoya in an easy-open container. They also may recommend tools that can make it easier to open bottles.
The Genvoya prescribing information doesn’t state what to do in case of a missed dose. If you miss a dose of Genvoya, talk with your doctor. They’ll tell you whether to take the missed dose or skip it. They’ll also suggest when to take your next scheduled dose.
To help make sure that you don’t miss a dose, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or putting a note where you’ll see it, such as on your bathroom mirror or bedside table. You could also download a reminder app on your phone.
If you take more Genvoya than your doctor prescribes, you may develop harmful effects. To learn about side effects of Genvoya, see this article.
It’s important that you do not take more Genvoya than your doctor prescribes. For some medications, taking more than the recommended amount may lead to side effects or overdose.
If you take more than the recommended amount of Genvoya
Call your doctor right away if you believe you’ve taken too much Genvoya. Another option is to call America’s Poison Centers at 800-222-1222 or use its online tool. If you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number, or go to the nearest emergency room.
The dosage in this article is the typical dosage provided by the drug’s manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Genvoya for you, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you. Always follow the dosage that your doctor prescribes.
As with any drug, never change your dosage of Genvoya without your doctor’s recommendation. If you have questions about the dosage of Genvoya that’s best for you, talk with your doctor.
Besides learning about dosage, you may want other information about Genvoya. These additional articles might be helpful:
- More about Genvoya. For information about other aspects of Genvoya, refer to this article.
- Side effects. To learn about side effects of Genvoya, see this article. You can also look at the Genvoya prescribing information.
- Drug comparison. To find out how Genvoya compares with Biktarvy, read this article.
- Details about your condition. For details about your condition, see our HIV and AIDS hub.
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