Find answers to some frequently asked questions about Genvoya.
What should I know about alternatives to Genvoya, such as Dovato, Truvada, and Descovy?
Genvoya, Dovato, Truvada and Descovy are all prescription drugs used to treat HIV in some people.
Truvada and Descovy can be used for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP involves taking HIV medications before possible exposure to HIV to prevent getting the virus. But Dovato and Genvoya are not used for PrEP.
Talk to your doctor to determine the best HIV medication for you. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about alternatives to Genvoya for the treatment of HIV.
Does Genvoya make you gain weight or lose weight?
No. In studies, people taking Genvoya did not report weight changes. Other anti-HIV drugs such as raltegravir (Isentress) may cause weight gain, but this is not a side effect of Genvoya.
Having HIV can lead to weight loss. Some people who have lost weight due to HIV may regain weight once they start treatment for their disease.
If you have any concerns about weight gain or weight loss while taking Genvoya, talk to your doctor.
Could Genvoya cause a false positive in a drug test?
No, Genvoya is not known to cause false positives in a drug test. (A false positive occurs when test results are positive for certain medications that have not been used.)
Efavirenz (Sustiva), another drug used to treat HIV, is known to cause false positives for certain drugs, including cannabis and benzodiazepines. But Genvoya is not known to cause this effect.
Does Genvoya cause pancreatitis?
No, Genvoya does not cause pancreatitis. This has not been observed in studies of the drug.
Pancreatitis has been reported with some older drugs used to treat HIV, including didanosine and stavudine. (Didanosine and stavudine are no longer available in the US and have been replaced by new HIV medications). But Genvoya is not known to cause this side effect.
It is important to note that cases of pancreatitis have been reported in people taking certain new HIV medications. These include drugs from two groups of drugs called integrase inhibitors and nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Genvoya contains medicines from both groups of medicines, but Genvoya itself is not known to cause pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis can be mild or severe and can include:
Call your doctor right away if you notice symptoms of pancreatitis while taking Genvoya. But go to the emergency room or call 911 (or your local emergency number) if your symptoms are life-threatening.
Could I experience hair loss during my Genvoya treatment?
No, Genvoya should not cause hair loss. This was not a reported side effect in studies of the drug.
Older drugs previously used to treat HIV were known to cause hair loss. But Genvoya is a new type of HIV medicine that does not cause hair loss.
If you are concerned about hair loss during your treatment, talk to your doctor.
Is depression a side effect of Genvoya?
No, Genvoya is not known to cause depression. This was not a side effect seen in studies of the drug.
In Genvoya studies, very rare cases of suicidal thoughts or behavior have been reported in people with a history of depression. The risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors was not observed in people who had never suffered from depression.
Before you start taking Genvoya, tell your doctor if you suffer from depression or other mental health problems or if you have had them in the past. Call 911 (or your local emergency number) or go to the nearest emergency room if you have thoughts of suicide while taking Genvoya.
If you think someone is at immediate risk of harming themselves or another person:
- Dial 911 or your local emergency number.
- Stay with the person until help arrives.
- Remove any guns, knives, drugs, or other objects that could cause damage.
- Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten or yell.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.