Guides

Drug names

Most drugs are known by several names including a chemical name, a brand name and an abbreviated name.

The most common names for drugs available when this  guide was printed are listed below with space to add new drugs as they are approved.

* = drug in development.

Chemical Trade Abbreviation
Fixed dose combinations (FDCs)
Atripla efavirenz + FTC + TDF  EFV/3TC/TDF
Biktarvy bictegravir + FTC + TAF BIC/F/TAF
Eviplera / Complera (US) rilpivirine + FTC + TDF  RPV/FTC/TDF
Genvoya elvitegravir + cobicistat + FTC + TAF  E/C/F/TAF
Juluca dolutegravir + rilpivirine DOL/RPV
Odefsey rilpivirine + FTC + TAF  RPV/FTC/TAF
Stribild elvitegravir + cobicistat + FTC + TDF  E/C/F/TDF
Symtuza darunavir + cobicistat + FTC + TAF D/C/F/TAF
Triumeq dolutegravir + abacavir + 3TC  DOL/ABC/3TC
Trizivir (rarely used) abacavir + 3TC + AZT TZV
Integrase Inhibitors (INIs or INSTIs):
dolutegravir Tivicay DOL
elvitegravir Vitekta EVG
raltegravir Isentress RAL
bictegravir (none) BIC
Current NRTIs (‘nukes’):
lamivudine Epivir 3TC
emtricitabine Emtriva FTC
abacavir Ziagen ABC
tenofovir-DF Viread TDF
tenofovir alefenamide TAF TAF
Dual NRTIs (2-in1 pills)
Kivexa (ABC+3TC) KVX
Truvada (TDF+FTC) TVD
Descovy (TAF+FTC) F/TAF
Combivir (AZT+3TC ) CBV
Old nukes (now rarely used)
stavudine (no longer used) Zerit d4T
zidovudine (no longer used) Retrovir AZT
didanosine Videx ddI
ddI ‘Enteric coated’ ddI/EC ddI/EC
Trizivir (AZT+3TC+ABC) TZV
NNRTIs (‘non-nukes’):
efavirenz Sustiva EFV
nevirapine Viramune NVP
delavirdine (no longer used) Rescriptor DLV
etravirine Intelence ETR
rilpivirine Edurant RPV
Current Protease Inhibitors (PIs):
atavanavir Reyataz ATZ
darunavir Prezista DRV
tipranavir Aptivus TPV
Older Protease Inhibitors (PIs):
lopinavir/r Kaletra LPV/r
fosamprenavir Telzir FOS
indinavir (no longer used) Crixivan IDV
nelfinavir (no longer used) Viracept NFV
ritonavir (only used as booster) Norvir RTV
saquinavir (no longer used) Invirase SQV
(hard gel capsule)                                SQV hgc
Entry Inhibitors:
enfuvirtide Fuzeon T-20
maraviroc Celsentri / Selzentry (US) MVC
Boosters
cobicistat Cobi COB or /c
ritonavir Norvir RTV or /r
Other drugs commonly used:
Septrin cotrimoxazole
Acyclovir Zovirax
hydroxyurea Hydrea HU
interleukin-2 ProLeukin IL-2
foscarnet Foscavir FCN
cidofovir Vistide CDV
interferon various INF
ribavirin various RBV

Last updated: 1 May 2018.