What condition does Rilpivirine treat?
Rilpivirine is used along with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection. This is used to help decrease the amount of HIV in your body. It is to help your immune system to work better. This medication will also help you lower your chance of getting HIV complications like cancer or new infections. This will improve your quality of life.
Rilpivirine is usually prescribed to people who have not taken any HIV medications before. This is a type of medicine called a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). This is available as tablets for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this treatment.
How does Rilpivirine work?
Rilpivirine works by blocking the action of this enzyme, thereby interfering with the conversion of viral RNA into DNA. This stops the virus from increasing.
There is no cure for HIV, but this drug is among some medicines that lower the amount of virus in the body help the immune system to recover. Therefore, it slows down or stops the progression of the disease from HIV to AIDS.
A combination of several anti-HIV medicines is required to fight HIV because the virus can become resistant to one agent very quickly. This is known as combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). It is also known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). This lessens the virus’s ability to replicate and multiply. This medication also helps prevent it from becoming resistant to treatment.
What is the recommended dosage of Rilpivirine?
The recommended dosage is based on your condition, response, and other medications that you are taking.
This medicine is usually taken once a day, to be taken by mouth with a meal. Take it with a full glass of water. Take it at the same time every day. Take it exactly as it is prescribed.
It is very important to continue taking this medication and other HIV medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should not take less of this medicine than prescribed or stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to do so. Doing so may cause the amount of virus to increase or make the infection more difficult to treat. Do not increase your quantity or take this medicine more often than prescribed. Your illness will not improve any faster and the risk of serious side effects may increase.
What are the side effects of Rilpivirine?
- Stomach pain
- Skin rash
- Insomnia or sleep problems
- Depressive disorders
- Unusual dreams
What are the precautions in taking Rilpivirine?
- This drug works best when the amount of drug in your body is kept at a constant level. You should take this at evenly spaced intervals.
- Do not increase or change the dosing schedule without consulting your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease, liver disease, depression, or other mental illness, hepatitis B or C.
- Keep this away from the reach of children.
- Store at room temperature.