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Generic Name: cobicistat (koe BIK i stat)
Brand Names: Tybost

What is Tybost?

Tybost (cobicistat) reduces the action of enzymes in your liver that break down certain antiviral medicines. This allows the antiviral medicines to be used more safely and effectively at lower doses.

Tybost is given together with atazanavir (Reyataz) or darunavir (Prezista) to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in adults. HIV is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Tybost is not an antiviral medicine and will not treat HIV or AIDS. It is given only to help increase your blood levels of atazanavir or darunavir.

Important information

Tybost is not a complete treatment and must be used in combination with other antiviral medicines your doctor has prescribed. However, there are certain antiviral medicines that should not be taken in combination with cobicistat. Follow your doctor's medication and dosing instructions very carefully.

Tybost is recommended for use only with atazanavir or darunavir. You should not take Tybost with other protease inhibitor HIV medicines, such as fosamprenavir, nelfinavir, saquinavir, or tipranavir.

You should not take cobicistat with darunavir if you are taking darunavir twice daily. You should not take Tybost with atazanavir if you also take indinavir, irinotecan, or nevirapine.

Many drugs can interact with cobicistat and some should not be used at the same time. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using.

Before taking this medicine

Tybost is not a complete treatment and must be used in combination with other antiviral medicines your doctor has prescribed. However, there are certain antiviral medicines that should not be taken in combination with cobicistat. Follow your doctor's medication and dosing instructions very carefully.

You should not take Tybost if you are allergic to cobicistat.

You should not take cobicistat with atazanavir if you also take: indinavir, irinotecan, nevirapine, or birth control pills that contain drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol (Beyaz, Sayfral, Yasmin, Yaz).

You should not take Tybost with atazanavir or darunavir if you also take:

  • alfuzosin;

  • cisapride;

  • colchicine;

  • dronedarone;

  • lovastatin or simvastatin;

  • oral midazolam, or triazolam;

  • ranolazine;

  • rifampin;

  • sildenafil (Revatio, for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension);

  • St. John's wort;

  • antipsychotic medicine - lurasidone, pimozide;

  • ergot medicine - dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, methylergonovine; or

  • seizure medication - carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin.

To make sure Tybost is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • liver disease; or

  • kidney disease.

HIV can be passed to your baby if you are not properly treated during pregnancy. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

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.

Tybost is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I take Tybost?

Tybost is usually taken once per day with atazanavir or darunavir. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take your HIV medicines with food at the same time each day to be sure you do not miss a dose.

If you take Tybost with atazanavir, your doctor may also prescribe a medicine to reduce stomach acid. If so, follow these recommendations, unless your doctor tells you otherwise:

  • If you take an antacid: Take the antacid at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take Tybost and atazanavir.

  • If you take a medicine such as cimetidine, ranitidine, Tagamet, Axid, Zantac, Pepcid, and others: You may either take the stomach medicine at the same time you take Tybost and atazanavir; or wait at least 10 hours after taking the stomach medicine to take your cobicistat and atazanavir doses.

  • If you take a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole, esomeprazole, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix: Wait at least 12 hours after taking the stomach medicine to take your cobicistat and atazanavir doses.

While using Tybost, your blood may need to be tested often. Your kidney function may also need to be tested.

HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.

Store in the original container at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Tybost dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for HIV Infection:

150 mg orally once a day with food

-This drug must be used with atazanavir or darunavir; the manufacturer product information for these agents should be consulted.
-This drug may be used with atazanavir (300 mg orally once a day) in therapy-naive and therapy-experienced patients.
-This drug may be used with darunavir (800 mg orally once a day) in therapy-naive patients and therapy-experienced patients with no darunavir resistance associated substitutions.
-This drug is not interchangeable with ritonavir and should not be used with darunavir 600 mg twice a day, fosamprenavir, saquinavir, or tipranavir.

Use: To increase systemic exposure of atazanavir or darunavir in combination with other antiretrovirals in the treatment of HIV-1 infection

Dosage Information (comprehensive)

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

To avoid missing a dose, get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

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 Tybost?

Taking this medication will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people. Do not have unprotected sex or share razors or toothbrushes. Talk with your doctor about safe ways to prevent HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.

Tybost side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Tybost: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • kidney problems - little or no urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath; or

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

Common Tybost side effects may include:

  • nausea; or

  • jaundice.

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.

Side Effects (complete list)

What other drugs will affect Tybost?

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.

Many drugs can interact with cobicistat, and some drugs should not be used together. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Tybost.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Tybost only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: November 08, 2017
Last reviewed: September 25, 2017