This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.
Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Your HIV medicine may cause your body to process your hormonal contraceptive differently.
What might happen:
Some side effects (such as acne and increased cholesterol levels) of the contraceptive may be increased and it may not prevent pregnancy.
What you should do about this interaction:
Make sure your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together. Discuss different forms of birth control with your doctor. Contact your doctor if you experience breakthrough bleeding, spotting, or pregnancy.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Reference:1.Stribild (elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, tenofovir) prescribing information. Gilead Sciences, Inc. August, 2012.