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/FTC/TDF
Biktarvy bictegravir + FTC + TAF BIC/F/TAF
Delstrigo doravirine + 3TC + TDF DOR/3TC/TDF
Dovato dolutegravir + 3TC DOL/3TC
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):
bictegravir (none) BIC
cabotegravir injections* Vocabria (in Cabenuva**) CAB-LA
dolutegravir Tivicay DOL
elvitegravir Vitekta EVG
raltegravir Isentress RAL
* in FDC with rilpivirine (also oral) ** Cabenuva is the
US tradename
Current NRTIs (‘nukes’):
lamivudine Epivir 3TC
emtricitabine Emtriva FTC
abacavir Ziagen ABC
tenofovir-DF Viread TDF (or TD)
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 (discontinued) Rescriptor DLV
doravirine Pifeltro DOR
etravirine Intelence ETR
rilpivirine Edurant RPV
rilpivirine LA (injections) Rekambys (in Cabenuva) RPV-LA
Current Protease Inhibitors (PIs):
atavanavir (now less used) Reyataz ATZ
darunavir Prezista DRV
tipranavir (rarely used) Aptivus TPV
Old 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
fostemsavir (attachment) Rukobia FTV
ibalizumab (anitbody) Trogarzo IBAL
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: 18 February 2021.