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Dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine oral


Oral formulations containing dolutegravir (as sodium) with abacavir (as sulfate) and lamivudine.

Drugs List

  • dolutegravir 50mg and abacavir 600mg and lamivudine 300mg tablets
  • TRIUMEQ 50mg+600mg+300mg tablets
  • Therapeutic Indications


    HIV infection in adults and adolescents over 12 years: treatment


    This fixed dose presentation should not be used in patients that require dose adjustments. The individual preparations of dolutegravir, abacavir, and lamivudine are available in cases where discontinuation or dose adjustment of one substance is needed. For further information, refer to the individual monograph of each preparation.

    This fixed dose presentation is not recommended in patients with integrase inhibitor resistance as the dose of dolutegravir cannot be achieved.


    Weighing at least 40kg
    One tablet once a day.


    Children over 12 years and weighing at least 40kg
    One tablet once a day.

    Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    Hepatitis B or C
    Treatment with dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine in patients with chronic hepatitis B or C are at an increased risk of severe and potentially fatal hepatic adverse reactions.

    This fixed dose preparation contains lamivudine which is active against hepatitis B. Lamivudine monotherapy is generally not considered adequate treatment for hepatitis B due to the high risk of resistance. The manufacturer suggests if dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine is used in patients coinfected with hepatitis B an additional antiviral is therefore generally needed.

    If dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine is discontinued in patients with hepatitis B, periodic monitoring of both liver function tests and markers of HBV replication is recommended as withdrawal from lamivudine may result in acute exacerbation of hepatitis.

    Mild hepatic impairment
    Close monitoring is needed in patients with mild hepatic impairment (Child Pugh score 5 to 6), including abacavir plasma levels.

    Additional Dosage Information

    When co-administered with rifamipicin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, St John's wort, etravirine (without boosted protease inhibitors), efavirenz, nevirapine, or tipranavir/ritonavir the recommended dose of dolutegravir is 50mg twice daily.


    Advise patient if they miss a dose and the next dose is not due within 4 hours they should take the missed dose as soon as possible. If the next dose is due within 4 hours, advise the patient not to take the missed dose and simply resume usual dosing.


    Children under 12 years
    Weight below 40kg
    Moderate hepatic impairment
    Renal impairment - creatinine clearance below 50ml/minute

    Precautions and Warnings

    Predisposition to hepatic disorder
    Mild hepatic impairment
    Psychiatric disorder

    Treatment does not prevent risk of transmission of HIV
    Advise ability to drive/operate machinery may be affected by side effects
    Confirm negative HLA-B 5701 allele status in all patients
    Treatment should be initiated by doctor experienced in HIV management
    Women childbearing potential: Discuss potential risk of neural tube defects
    Never rechallenge treatment after a hypersensitivity reaction
    Reintroduction to the drug must be carried out in a medical setting
    Exclude pregnancy prior to initiation of treatment
    Autoimmune disorders can occur many months after initiation of treatment
    Avoid sorbitol or other polyalcohols, may reduce lamivudine efficacy
    Monitor children exposed in utero for mitochondrial impairment
    Monitor for development of lactic acidosis
    Monitor for signs of osteonecrosis
    Monitor levels of hepatic enzymes and bilirubin
    Monitor patients at risk of hepatic disease
    Monitor patients with hepatic impairment
    On discontinuation, may cause recurrence of hepatitis B
    Advise patient to seek medical advice if joint aches or pain occur
    Advise patient to seek medical advice if movement becomes difficult
    Autoimmune diseases may occur during treatment
    Consider hypersensitivity if any of:rash/fever/G.I/flu-like or resp.dis.
    Contact doctor immediately with any signs of hypersensitivity reactions
    Inflammatory symptoms should be evaluated and treated appropriately
    Neonate exposed in utero: Risk of neural tube defects
    Risk of developing opportunistic infections
    Discontinue if hepatic function deteriorates in pts with hepatic impairment
    Discontinue if hypersensitivity reactions occur
    If allergic reaction occurs discontinue and do not re-initiate treatment
    Advise patient not to take St John's wort concurrently
    Advise patient to avoid multivitamins 2 hours after or 6 hours before dose
    Advise to avoid iron containing products 2 hrs after or 6 hrs before dose
    Avoid antacids/mineral supplements 2 hrs after or 6 hrs before dose
    Female: Ensure adequate contraception during treatment
    Advise patients that hypersensitivity reactions may be life threatening

    Before treatment all patients, irrespective of racial origin, should be screened for the carriage of HLA-B*5701 allele. Dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine should not be used in patients carrying the HLA-B*5701 allele unless no other therapeutic option is available based on treatment history and resistance testing. Presence of this allele confers an increased risk of severe hypersensitivity reactions to abacavir. Treatment should also be avoided in patients with a negative HLA-B*5701 status who had a suspected abacavir hypersensitivity reaction on a previous regime.

    Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported with the use of dolutegravir and abacavir individually. These reaction can occur at any time during therapy and can potentially be life threatening. Treatment should be discontinued immediately if hypersensitivity reactions occur or are suspected. If treatment has been discontinued as a result of hypersensitivity or suspected hypersensitivity, treatment must never be reinitiated with this fixed dose presentation or with the individual preparations. Hypersensitivity reactions can present themselves as respiratory disease or gastroenteritis.

    Patients who have discontinued treatment for reasons other than hypersensitivity could also experience life threatening reaction within hours of reinitiating. Medical assistance should be readily available if restarting therapy.

    Dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine should not be co-administered with polyvalent cation-containing antacids. Dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine is recommended to be administered 2 hours before or 6 hours after these medicinal products. When taken with food, dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine and supplements or multivitamins containing calcium, iron or magnesium can be taken at the same time. If administered under fasting conditions, supplements or multivitamins containing calcium, iron or magnesium are recommended to be taken 2 hours after or 6 hours before dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine.

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Use dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine with caution during pregnancy.

    The manufacturer suggests dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine should only be used during pregnancy if the expected benefit justifies the potential risk to the foetus.

    At the time of writing there are limited data on the use of dolutegravir in pregnant women. The effect of dolutegravir on human pregnancy is unknown. Reproductive toxicity studies in animals have shown dolutegravir to cross the placenta. Animal studies do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to reproductive toxicity.

    The MHRA states that due to results from an observational study there is evidence of an increased risk of neural tube defects in babies born to mothers who became pregnant while taking dolutegravir. They advise that dolutegravir should not be prescribed to women seeking to become pregnant and that pregnancy should be excluded in women of child bearing potential before starting dolutegravir. Women of childbearing potential are advised to use effective contraception throughout treatment with dolutegravir.

    Abacavir crosses the human placenta. The safety of abacavir administration in human pregnancy has not been established, although retrospective studies of exposed pregnancies reported in Briggs (2011) and Schaefer (2007) do not show a marked increase in the number of birth defects nor a discernible pattern. In animals, the placental transfer of abacavir and/or its related metabolites has occurred. In animal studies, embryo toxicity was observed in rats but this was not seen in rabbits at doses up to 8.5 times human exposure based on AUC.

    Lamivudine appears to cross the placenta by diffusion, with cord levels at term similar to maternal blood levels. More than 3000 outcomes from first trimester exposed to lamivudine did not indicate malformative toxicity. The animal and human data suggest that lamivudine is a low risk to the developing foetus for structural malformations.


    Dolutegravir with abacavir and lamivudine is contraindicated during breastfeeding.

    The manufacturer advises that HIV infected mothers should avoid breastfeeding in order to prevent transmission of the disease. HIV is known to be transmitted in milk.

    Dolutegravir is excreted in human milk in small amounts. Lamivudine is excreted in human milk at similar concentrations found in serum. Abacavir is also excreted into human milk. The effects to infants are unknown.

    Side Effects

    Abdominal discomfort
    Abdominal distension
    Abdominal pain
    Abnormal liver function tests
    Adult respiratory distress syndrome
    Autoimmune disorders
    Autoimmune hepatitis
    Creatine phosphokinase increased
    Dream abnormalities
    Elevated amylase levels
    Erythema multiforme
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    Graves' disease
    Hepatic failure
    Hypersensitivity reactions
    Immune Reactivation/Reconstitution Syndrome
    Increase in serum ALT/AST
    Lactic acidosis
    Metabolic changes
    Mouth ulcers
    Muscle disorders
    Nasal symptoms
    Peripheral neuropathy
    Red cell aplasia
    Renal failure
    Respiratory failure
    Serum creatinine increased
    Severe hepatic reactions
    Sleep disorders
    Sore throat
    Stevens-Johnson syndrome
    Suicidal tendencies
    Toxic epidermal necrolysis
    Weight gain


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: December 2018

    Reference Sources

    Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment, 3rd edition (2015) ed. Schaefer, C., Peters, P. and Miller, R. Elsevier, London.

    Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 10th edition (2015) ed. Briggs, G., Freeman, R. Wolters Kluwer Health, Philadelphia.

    Summary of Product Characteristics: Triumeq 50mg, 300mg, 600mg tablets. Viiv Healthcare. Revised August 2021.

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