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What If I Overdose?

It is unknown what exactly to expect if too much rilpivirine is taken. Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have overdosed on this or any other drug.
 
(Click Edurant Overdose for more information.)
 

What If I Forget a Dose of Rilpivirine?

It is important that you do not miss your doses. If you do not take your rilpivirine as scheduled, take it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose. In this case, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you are having trouble remembering to take your HIV medications.
 

How Does It Work?

Rilpivirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). Like other NNRTIs, it works by blocking a process that the HIV virus needs in order to multiply.
 
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. Like other viruses, HIV must use a person's own cells to reproduce. However, HIV is a little different from other viruses, because it must first convert its genetic material from RNA to DNA. It is the DNA genes that allow HIV to multiply.
 
HIV converts its genetic material by using a special protein called the reverse transcriptase enzyme. To create DNA, this enzyme uses several different protein building blocks.
 
Rilpivirine works by attaching to the reverse transcriptase enzyme, stopping it from making DNA. Without DNA, HIV cannot multiply.
 
Rilpivirine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. It can help stop HIV from infecting healthy cells in the body, but it does not help cells that have already been infected with the virus.
 

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