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rilpivirine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking 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 need to change your treatment plan if you use any of the following drugs:

Using any of these medicines while you are taking rilpivirine can cause serious medical problems or death.

To make sure rilpivirine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • liver disease (including hepatitis B or C);
  • kidney disease;
  • a history of depression or mental illness; or
  • if you have ever taken any HIV medication in the past.

FDA pregnancy category B. Rilpivirine is not expected to harm an unborn baby, but HIV can be passed to your baby if you are not properly treated during pregnancy. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection.

If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of rilpivirine on the baby.

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

How should I take rilpivirine (Edurant)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Rilpivirine is usually taken once per day with a meal. Always take the medicine with food.

Use rilpivirine regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

While using rilpivirine, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office.

HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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