Compare Edurant vs. Emtriva

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Edurant (rilpivirine)

Prescription only

Emtriva (emtricitabine)

Prescription only
Works with other medications to treat HIV infection.

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.

Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line and commonly used drug that is taken in combination with other HIV medications to treat or prevent HIV.

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.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line drug option used in combination with other HIV medications to treat HIV.
  • Taken with or without food once a day.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available in many combination tablets if you are looking to lower the number of pills you need to take daily for HIV treatment.
  • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available as a capsule as well as liquid form.
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.
  • Patients with kidney damage will need to be closely monitored by their doctors in order to provide an appropriate dose.
  • Cannot be used by itself to treat or prevent HIV infection.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Depressive disorders
    5%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Insomnia
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Fatigue
    2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
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18possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    23%
  • Nausea
    18%
  • Nasal stuffiness/runniness (Rhinitis)
    18%
  • Rash
    17%
  • Physical weakness and/or lack of energy
    16%
  • Increased cough
    14%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Vomiting
    9%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%
  • Insomnia
    7%
  • Depressive disorders
    6%
  • "Pins and needles" feeling (paresthesia)
    5%
  • Dyspepsia
    4%
  • Muscle pain
    4%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Nerve weakness/numbness/pain
    4%
  • Joint pain
    3%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Mood and behavior changes
    • History of mental health problems
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
  • Fat Redistribution
  • Allergic reactions
    • Prior severe allergic reaction to Edurant (rilpivirine)
  • Liver damage
    • History of liver damage
    • Hepatitis B or C
  • Heart rhythm problems
    • Use with other QT prolonging drugs
    • History of heart disease
    • High doses of Edurant
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  • Lactic acidosis | Enlarged, fatty liver
    • Liver disease
    • Women
    • Obesity
  • Worsening hepatitis B infection
    • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
  • Similar medications
    • HIV treatment
  • Kidney Damage
    • History of kidney damage
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