Rilpivirine (Edurant) – Side Effects, Interactions, Uses, Dosage, Warnings

Rilpivirine is an antiviral medicine that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying in your body. HIV is the virus that can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Rilpivirine is used in combination with other antiviral medicines to treat HIV. Rilpivirine is for use in adults and children at least 12 years old who weigh at least 77 pounds (35 kilograms) who have never before taken an HIV medicine and who have an amount of HIV-1 in their blood (this is called 'viral load') that is no more than 100,000 copies/mL. Rilpivirine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Rilpivirine is sometimes used with a medicine called cabotegravir as a daily "lead-in dose" to help determine that you can safely use a combination form of these medicines given as a monthly injection. Rilpivirine and cabotegravir may also be given short-term in place of the monthly injectable combination for up to 2 months. When used with cabotegravir for these purposes, rilpivirine is only for adults with HIV who have already used other antiviral medicines that have controlled their viral load.

Rilpivirine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.


What is Rilpivirine (Edurant) used for?

  • HIV Infection


What is the most important information I should know about Rilpivirine (Edurant)?

You should not use rilpivirine if you are allergic to it.

Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with rilpivirine. Your doctor may change your treatment plan if you also use:

  • carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin;
  • rifampin, rifapentine;
  • esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole;
  • St John's wort; or
  • more than one dose of dexamethasone.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • a serious skin rash or allergic reaction after taking a medcine that contains rilpivirine;
  • liver disease (rilpivirine can cause hepatitis B or C to come back or get worse);
  • kidney disease; or
  • depression or mental illness.

To prevent HIV in a newborn baby, use all medications to control your infection during pregnancy. Your name may be listed on an antiviral pregnancy registry.

Women with HIV or AIDS should not breastfeed a baby. Even if your baby is born without HIV, the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast milk.

Rilpivirine is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old or weighing less than 77 pounds (35 kilograms).

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Side Effects

What are the side effects of Rilpivirine (Edurant)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling).

Seek medical treatment if you have a serious drug reaction that can affect many parts of your body. Symptoms may include: skin rash, fever, swollen glands, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, severe weakness, unusual bruising, or yellowing of your skin or eyes.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • mood changes, anxiety, feeling sad or hopeless, thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself;
  • liver problems–right-sided upper stomach pain, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • symptoms of depression–mood changes, feelings of low self-worth, loss of interest in things you once enjoyed, new sleep problems, thoughts about hurting yourself.

Rilpivirine affects your immune system, which may cause certain side effects (even weeks or months after you've taken this medicine). Tell your doctor if you have:

  • signs of a new infection–fever, night sweats, swollen glands, cold sores, cough, wheezing, diarrhea, weight loss;
  • trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with balance or eye movement, weakness or prickly feeling; or
  • swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid), menstrual changes, impotence.

Common side effects may include:

  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • depression;
  • skin rash;
  • headache; or
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Can I take Rilpivirine (Edurant) if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

To prevent HIV in a newborn baby, use all medications to control your infection during pregnancy. Your name may be listed on an antiviral pregnancy registry.

Women with HIV or AIDS should not breastfeed a baby. Even if your baby is born without HIV, the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast milk.


What drugs and food should I avoid while taking Rilpivirine (Edurant)?

Using this medicine will not prevent your disease from spreading. Do not have unprotected sex or share razors or toothbrushes. Ask your doctor how to prevent HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe.

Dosage Guidelines & Tips

How to take Rilpivirine (Edurant)?

Use Rilpivirine (Edurant) exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Rilpivirine is usually taken once per day with a full meal (not just a protein drink). Always take the medicine with food.

When given together, rilpivirine and cabotegravir are usually taken once per day starting at least 28 days before you switch to the monthly injectable combination. On the last day you take rilpivirine and cabotegravir, you will receive your first monthly injectable dose of these medicines.

If you miss or plan to miss an injection by more than 7 days, call your healthcare provider to discuss your treatment options.

You may need frequent medical tests while taking rilpivirine, and for several months after your last dose.

Use all HIV medications as directed. Do not change your dose or stop using a medicine without your doctor's advice. Remain under the care of a doctor.

Store rilpivirine in its original container at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What should I do if I missed a dose of Rilpivirine (Edurant)?

Take the medicine with food as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if you are more than 12 hours late for the dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Overdose Signs

What happens if I overdose on Rilpivirine (Edurant)?

If you think you or someone else may have overdosed on: Rilpivirine (Edurant),  call your doctor or the Poison Control center

(800) 222-1222

If someone collapses or isn't breathing after taking Rilpivirine (Edurant), call 911



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