Prescription onlyClass: Infection

Edurant

(rilpivirine)

Prescription onlyClass: Infection
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Works with other medications to treat HIV infection.

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Our bottom line

Edurant (rilpivirine) is a good HIV drug that has to be used in combination with other HIV medications in patients who are new to treatment or are looking for alternatives to a current HIV regimen.

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Prices and coupon for 30 (25mg) tablets of rilpivirine

Upsides

  • Generally well tolerated.
  • Taken only once daily.
  • Edurant (rilpivirine) is available in other combination tablets.
  • Can be used in patients with mild or moderate kidney damage.

Downsides

  • Must be taken in combination with other HIV drugs to treat HIV. Cannot be taken alone as treatment.
  • Must be taken with a meal.
  • Cannot be taken with proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like Prilosec or Prevacid. If you need to take an acid reducer, try an antacid like calcium carbonate either 2 hours before or 4 hours after Edurant (rilpivirine). Drugs like Pepcid or Zantac (H2RAs) may also be an option, but these should be taken 12 hours before or 4 hours after Edurant (rilpivirine).
  • Not recommended for patients who have a significantly high level of viral cells or have a very low level of immune cells.
  • Not recommended for children under 12 years old.
How it works

Edurant (rilpivirine) is a Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). It treats HIV by stopping the virus from replicating within cells in your immune system.

What to expect when you take Edurant (rilpivirine) for Treat HIV

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Side effect rates for Edurant (rilpivirine)

686 From clinical trials of Edurant / HIV treatment
  • Depressive disorders
  • Headache
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Rash
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal dreams

Risks and Warnings for Edurant (rilpivirine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of mental health problems

    Edurant (rilpivirine) has been associated with depression, thoughts of suicide, aggression, and psychosis. If your mood starts to change while taking Edurant (rilpivirine), let your doctor know. If you start thinking about wanting to harm yourself, seek medical attention immediately.

Common concerns from people taking Edurant (rilpivirine)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Take each dose with a meal.
Kidneys and liver
  • Can be used in patients with mild or moderate kidney damage.