This product is used to help control HIV infection. It contains 2 medications: cabotegravir and rilpivirine. It helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better. This lowers your chance of getting HIV complications (such as new infections, cancer) and improves your quality of life. Cabotegravir is an integrase inhibitor while rilpivirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). Both drugs block the virus from growing and infecting more cells.Cabotegravir/rilpivirine is not a cure for HIV infection. To decrease your risk of spreading HIV disease to others, continue to take all HIV medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Use an effective barrier method (latex or polyurethane condoms/dental dams) during sexual activity as directed by your doctor. Do not share personal items (such as needles/syringes, toothbrushes, and razors) that may have contacted blood or other body fluids. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
How to use
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using cabotegravir/rilpivirine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Before starting treatment with this product, your health care professional may have you take the forms of cabotegravir and rilpivirine taken by mouth for one month (at least 28 days). This is to see how well you can take these medications.
This product is given by injection into a muscle as directed by your doctor, usually once every month or once every 2 months. It is given by 2 injections, usually one on each side of your buttocks by a health care professional. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
It is very important to keep using these medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor. To help you remember, it may help to mark your calendar. If you miss or will miss a planned monthly injection, tell your health care professional right away so that you may be given directions for your continued HIV treatment.
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