Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Also, do not change the dose or stop taking this medicine without checking first with your doctor. When your supply of this medicine is running low, contact your doctor or pharmacist ahead of time. Do not allow yourself to run out of this medicine.

This medicine comes with a patient information insert. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Keep taking elvitegravir for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better. It is also important that you continue taking all other medicines for HIV infection your doctor has instructed you to take. Elvitegravir will not work if it is taken alone. It must be taken with other HIV medicines.

This medicine works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep blood levels constant, do not miss any doses. Also, it is best to take the doses at evenly spaced times during the day. For example, if you are taking one dose per day, try to take it at the same time each day. If you need help planning the best times to take your medicine, check with your doctor.

Take this medicine with food.

If you are also using didanosine, take it at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking elvitegravir. If you are also using an antacid, take it at least 2 hours before or after elvitegravir.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For treatment of HIV infection:
      • Adults—
        • 85 milligrams (mg) once a day together with any of the following:
          • Ritonavir 100 mg once a day with atazanavir 300 mg once a day.
          • Ritonavir 100 mg two times a day with lopinavir 400 mg two times a day.
        • 150 mg once a day together with any of the following:
          • Ritonavir 100 mg two times a day with darunavir 600 mg two times a day.
          • Ritonavir 100 mg two times a day with fosamprenavir 700 mg two times a day.
          • Ritonavir 200 mg two times a day with tipranavir 500 mg two times a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.