Triumeq (abacavir/dolutegravir/lamivudine) is a brand-name drug that’s prescribed to treat HIV in adults and some children. Triumeq comes as an oral tablet, and Triumeq PD comes as a tablet for oral suspension.
Triumeq and Triumeq PD contain three drugs from two different drug classes. Abacavir and lamivudine are nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Dolutegravir is an integrase inhibitor. Triumeq and Triumeq PD are not available in a generic version.
Keep reading for specific information about the dosages of Triumeq and Triumeq PD, including their strengths and how to take the medication. For a comprehensive look at Triumeq and Triumeq PD, see this article.
Note: This article describes typical dosages for Triumeq provided by the drug’s manufacturer. When taking Triumeq, always follow the dosage prescribed by your doctor.
Read on for more details about Triumeq’s dosage for its approved use.
Triumeq comes in two forms: an oral tablet (Triumeq) and a tablet that you mix with water to make an oral suspension (Triumeq PD).
Each Triumeq oral tablet contains:
- 600 milligrams (mg) of abacavir
- 50 mg of dolutegravir
- 300 mg of lamivudine
Each Triumeq PD oral tablet for suspension contains:
- 60 mg of abacavir
- 5 mg of dolutegravir
- 30 mg of lamivudine
The following information describes dosages that are commonly used or recommended. 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
The dosage of Triumeq to treat HIV in adults is one tablet taken once per day. Triumeq PD is not approved for use in adults.
The following table includes details about the dosages of Triumeq and Triumeq PD in children based on body weight. For reference, 1 kilogram (kg) is equal to about 2.2 pounds (lb).
|Body weight||Number of Triumeq tablets||Number of Triumeq PD tablets||Total daily dose|
|6 kg to less than 10 kg||not recommended||3 tablets once per day||180 mg abacavir/15 mg dolutegravir/90 mg lamivudine|
|10 kg to less than 14 kg||not recommended||4 tablets once per day||240 mg abacavir/20 mg dolutegravir/120 mg lamivudine|
|14 kg to less than 20 kg||not recommended||5 tablets once per day||300 mg abacavir/25 mg dolutegravir/150 mg lamivudine|
|20 kg to less than 25 kg||not recommended||6 tablets once per day||360 mg abacavir/30 mg dolutegravir/180 mg lamivudine|
|25 kg or more||1 tablet once per day||not recommended||600 mg abacavir/50 mg dolutegravir/300 mg lamivudine|
Triumeq and Triumeq PD are meant to be used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Triumeq is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take it long term.
The Triumeq dosage your doctor prescribes will depend on several factors. These include:
- the form of Triumeq you take
- your age
- your child’s body weight
Other medical conditions you have can also affect your Triumeq dosage.
Triumeq oral tablets should not be crushed, chewed, or cut. You should swallow Triumeq tablets whole.
Triumeq PD tablets for oral suspension must be dissolved in water before swallowing.
Triumeq and Triumeq PD may be taken with or without food.
If you have trouble swallowing tablets, see this article for tips on how to take this form of medication. You can also talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
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 Triumeq in an easy-open container. They also may recommend tools that can make it easier to open bottles.
If you miss a dose of Triumeq or Triumeq PD, take it as soon as you remember. Don’t take two doses at once to make up for the missed dose. You should not take more medication than your doctor prescribes.
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.
It’s important that you don’t take more Triumeq 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 Triumeq
Call your doctor right away if you believe you’ve taken too much Triumeq. 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 dosages in this article are typical dosages provided by the drug manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Triumeq for you, they will 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 Triumeq without your doctor’s recommendation. If you have questions about the dosage of Triumeq that’s best for you, talk with your doctor.
Besides learning about dosage, you may want other information about Triumeq. These additional articles might be helpful:
- More about Triumeq. For information about other aspects of Triumeq, refer to this article.
- Side effects. To learn about side effects of Triumeq, see this article. You can also look at the Triumeq prescribing information.
- Drug comparison. To find out how Triumeq compares with Biktarvy, read this article.
- Details about HIV. For details about HIV, see our HIV and AIDS hub and our list of HIV and AIDS articles.
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