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Is Triumeq an immunosuppressant?

Medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD. Last updated on Aug 20, 2021.

Official answer

by Drugs.com

No, Triumeq is not classified as an immunosuppressant. Triumeq is an antiviral medicine used to treat people living with HIV. An immunosuppressant medicine can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of infections or other illnesses.

Triumeq is an antiretroviral medication used to treat people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and helps to strengthen your immune system. It can help to protect you from infections or cancers that may be more common in people with HIV. HIV-1 is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

In some circumstances, Triumeq may affect your immune system.

  • Triumeq may cause a side effect called immune reconstitution syndrome. This can happen when you first start taking HIV medicines because your immune system will get stronger and fight infections that have been hidden in your body before treatment.
  • If you have hepatitis B virus (HBV) and take Triumeq, your HBV may get worse if you stop taking Triumeq. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor. Your doctor will test you for HBV if needed.
  • Some drug interactions may affect how well Triumeq works against HIV or lead to side effects. Always tell your doctor and pharmacist about any medications you take, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, or herbal medicines or dietary supplements.

What are examples of immunsuppressants?

Immunosuppressant medicines are often used to treat diseases that are characterized by inflammation (swelling, pain, and irritation) such as rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis or ulcerative colitis. Common drug examples include Cosentyx, Entyvio, Humira, or Xeljanz.

Another type of immunosuppressant called anti-rejection drugs are used to lower the chance that the body would reject a transplanted organ, such as a kidney.

Corticosteroid medicines like prednisone are used for many different conditions. They are often used for asthma, arthritis, or allergies, among many other uses. Corticosteroids can also weaken your immune system.

What's in Triumeq?

Triumeq tablet contains three medicines in one tablet: abacavir, dolutegravir, and lamivudine. You may see the name Triumeq abbreviated ABC / DTG / 3TC. It is a combination integrase inhibitor (dolutegravir) and nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (abacavir / lamivudine) used in the treatment of HIV in adults and in children who weigh at least 88 pounds (40 kg).

In general, Triumeq is usually well-tolerated by most patients. The most common side effects of Triumeq include:

  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • tiredness
  • headache

These are not all the possible side effects of Triumeq. Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms or side effects after starting treatment with this drug.

Related: HIV Treatment Options: An Overview

This is not all the information you need to know about Triumeq (abacavir, dolutegravir, and lamivudine) for safe and effective use and does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your treatment. Review the full Triumeq information here, and discuss this information and any questions you have with your doctor or other health care provider.

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