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More Details on Rilpivirine's Indications

How Does This Medicine Work?

Rilpivirine belongs to a group of HIV medications known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). These medicines work 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.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Take Rilpivirine?

Rilpivirine is approved for use in adults only, as it has not been adequately studied for use in children.
 

Are There Off-Label Reasons to Use Rilpivirine?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend medications for treating something other than the conditions they are approved to treat. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for rilpivirine.

Rilpivirine Drug Information

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