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Triumeq PD

Generic name: abacavir, dolutegravir, and lamivudinea-BAK-a-vir, DOE-loo-TEG-ra-vir, la-MIV-ue-deen ]
Brand names: Triumeq, Triumeq PD
Drug class: Antiviral combinations

Medically reviewed by on Apr 28, 2022. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Triumeq PD?

Triumeq PD is a combination medicine used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Triumeq PD is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Triumeq PD is for use in adults and children who weigh at least 22 pounds (10 kilograms).

Triumeq PD should not be used by itself in those who are resistant to certain types of medicine.

Triumeq PD may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Triumeq PD side effects

Call your doctor at once if you have symptoms of an allergic reaction from two or more of these specific side effect groups:

Once you have had an allergic reaction to a medicine that contains abacavir or dolutegravir, you must never use it again. If you stop taking Triumeq PD for any reason, talk to your doctor before you start taking it again.

Triumeq PD may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • other signs of allergic reaction--skin blisters or peeling, eye redness, swelling in your face or throat, trouble breathing;

  • lactic acidosis--unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain, vomiting, irregular heart rate, dizziness, feeling cold, or feeling very weak or tired; or

  • liver problems--swelling around your midsection, right-sided upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Triumeq PD affects your immune system, which may cause certain side effects (even weeks or months after you've taken this medicine). Tell your doctor if you have:

  • signs of a new infection--fever, night sweats, swollen glands, cold sores, cough, wheezing, diarrhea, weight loss;

  • trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with balance or eye movement, weakness or prickly feeling; or

  • swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid), menstrual changes, impotence.

Common side effects of Triumeq PD may include:

  • headache;

  • tiredness; or

  • trouble sleeping.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


You should not take Triumeq PD if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any medicine that contains abacavir, or if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701 allele. Also, you should not use this medicine if you have moderate or severe liver disease, or if you are also taking dofetilide (Tikosyn).

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: fever; rash; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain; general ill feeling, extreme tiredness, body aches; shortness of breath, cough, sore throat.

If you've had hepatitis B, it may come back or get worse after you stop using Triumeq PD. You may need frequent liver function tests for several months.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Triumeq PD if you are allergic to abacavir, dolutegravir, or lamivudine, or if:

  • you also take dofetilide (Tikosyn);

  • you have moderate or severe liver disease;

  • you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701 allele (your doctor will test you for this); or

  • you have a history of allergic reaction to Combivir, Dutrebis, Epivir, Epzicom, Tivicay, Trizivir, or Ziagen.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

You may develop lactic acidosis, a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in your blood. This may be more likely if you have other medical conditions, if you are overweight, or if you are a woman. Ask your doctor about your risk.

You may need to have a negative pregnancy test before starting this treatment.

Triumeq PD may harm an unborn baby if you take the medicine at the time of conception or during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant.

If you are pregnant, use your medications properly to control your infection. HIV can be passed to your baby if the virus is not controlled during pregnancy. Your name may be listed on a registry to track any effects of antiviral medicine on the baby.

Women with HIV or AIDS should not breast feed a baby. Even if your baby is born without HIV, the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast milk.

How should I take Triumeq PD?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Triumeq tablets are not the same as Triumeq PD tablets for oral suspension and should not be substituted for each other. Make sure you receive the correct dosage form each time your prescription is filled to avoid using the wrong medicine.

Doses are based on weight in children and teenagers. Your child's dose may change if the child gains or loses weight.

Do not swallow, cut, crush, or chew a dispersible tablet. Dissolve the tablet in a small amount of water. Stir and drink this mixture right away.

You may take Triumeq PD with or without food.

Triumeq PD comes with a Medication Guide and a Warning Card listing symptoms of an allergic reaction. Read this information and learn what symptoms to watch for. Keep the Wallet Card with you at all times.

You may need to take an extra daily dose of dolutegravir (Tivicay) if you take Triumeq PD with certain other medicines.

Use all HIV medications as directed and read all medication guides you receive. Do not change your dose or stop using a medicine without your doctor's advice. Every person with HIV should remain under the care of a doctor.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tablets in their original container, along with the packet or canister of moisture-absorbing preservative.

If you've had hepatitis B, it may come back or get worse after you stop using Triumeq PD. You may need frequent liver function tests for several months.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. If you miss several doses, you may have a dangerous or even fatal allergic reaction once you start taking this medication again.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Triumeq PD?

Using Triumeq PD will not prevent your disease from spreading. Do not have unprotected sex or share razors or toothbrushes. Ask your doctor how to prevent HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe.

What other drugs will affect Triumeq PD?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Some medicines can make Triumeq PD much less effective when taken at the same time. If you take any of the following medicines, take your this medicine dose 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take the other medicine.

Many drugs can affect Triumeq PD. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Popular FAQ

To ensure you receive the entire dose of Triumeq, the manufacturer recommends that ideally the tablet be swallowed whole. If you have trouble swallowing a whole tablet, crushing or splitting tablets may be an acceptable alternative, if approved by your healthcare provider. Do not chew, cut, or crush the Triumeq PD tablets. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

No, Triumeq is not a protease inhibitor. It is a combination integrase inhibitor (dolutegravir) and nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (abacavir / lamivudine) used in the treatment of people living with HIV. It is used in adults and in children who weigh at least 88 pounds (40 kg). Continue reading

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.