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(ril-pi-vir-een ) ,


(trade name)


Therapeutic: antiretrovirals
Pharmacologic: non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
Pregnancy Category: B


Treatment-naïve adult patients with HIV infection with HIV-1 RNA ≤100,000 copies/mL at start of therapy.


Inhibits HIV-replication by non-competitively inhibiting HIV reverse transcriptase.

Therapeutic effects

Slowed progression of HIV infection and decreased occurrence of sequelae. Increases CD4 cell counts and decreases viral load.


Absorption: Well absorbed following oral administration.
Distribution: Unknown.
Protein Binding: 99.7%.
Metabolism and Excretion: Mostly metabolized by the liver (CYP3A enzyme system); 25% excreted in feces unchanged, <1% excreted unchanged in urine.
Half-life: 50 hr.

Time/action profile (blood levels)

POunknown4–5 hr24 hr


Contraindicated in: Concurrent use of drugs that inhibit the CYP3A enzyme system or ↑ gastric pH (↓ blood levels and effectiveness, ↑ resistance); Lactation: Breast feeding should be avoided due to possible transmission of virus in breast milk.
Use Cautiously in: Concurrent use of drugs that ↑ risk of torsades de pointes (may ↑ risk of arrhythmias);History of depression or suicide attempt;Hepatitis B or CConcurrent use of antacids or H2 antagonists (↓ blood levels and effectiveness); Geriatric: Consider ↓ hepatic/renal/cardiac function, concurrent diseases, and drug therapy; Obstetric: Use only if potential maternal benefit justifies potential risk to fetus; Pediatric: Safety and effectiveness not established.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Central nervous system

  • depression
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • insomnia


  • rash


  • hepatotoxicity


  • fat redistribution
  • immune reconstitution syndrome


Drug-Drug interaction

Drugs that inhibit the CYP3A enzyme system including carbamazepine, dexamethasone (more than a single dose), oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifabutin, rifampin, or, rifapentine ↓ blood levels and effectiveness and promote of virologic resistance; concurrent use contraindicated.Proton pump inhibitors including esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, and rabeprazole ↓ blood levels and effectiveness and may ↑ resistance; concurrent use contraindicated.Concurrent use with antacids may ↓ blood levels and effectiveness; use with caution, administer 2 hr before or 4 hr after.Concurrent use with H2 antagonists may ↓ blood levels and effectiveness; use with caution, administer 12 hr before or 4 hr after.Blood levels may be ↑ by clarithromyin, erythromycin, or troleandomycin ; consider azithromycin.Concurrent use with drugs that ↑ risk of torsades de pointes may ↑ risk of serious arrhythmias.Concurrent use of other non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors may alter blood levels and should be avoided.May alter blood levels of methadone ; monitor clinical effects.Concurrent use of St. John's wort ↓ blood levels and effectiveness, ↑ resistance; concurrent use contraindicated.


Oral (Adults) 25 mg once daily.


Tablets: 25 mg
In combination with: emtricitabine and tenofovir (Complera). See combination drugs.

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess for change in severity of HIV symptoms and for symptoms of opportunistic infections during therapy.
  • Monitor closely for notable changes in behavior that could indicate the emergence or worsening of suicidal thoughts or behavior or depression.
  • Lab Test Considerations: Monitor viral load and CD4 cell count regularly during therapy.
    • Monitor liver function tests before and periodically during therapy in patients with underlying liver disease, hepatitis B or C, or marked ↑ transaminase. May cause ↑ serum creatinine, AST, ALT, total bilirubin, total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Risk for infection (Indications)
Noncompliance (Patient/Family Teaching)


  • Oral: Administer once daily with a meal.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Emphasize the importance of taking rilpivirine as directed, at the same time each day. It must always be used in combination with other antiretroviral drugs. Do not take more than prescribed amount and do not stop taking without consulting health care professional. Take missed doses with a meal if remembered <12 hr of the time it is usually taken, then return to regular schedule. If more than 12 hr from time dose is usually taken, omit dose and resume dosing schedule; do not double doses. Advise patient to read Patient Information prior to starting therapy and with each Rx refill in case of changes.
  • Advise patient to take antacids 2 hr before or 4 hr after and H2 antagonists 12 hr before or 4 hr after rilpivirine.
  • Instruct patient that rilpivirine should not be shared with others.
  • Inform patient that rilpivirine does not cure AIDS or prevent associated or opportunistic infections. Rilpivirine does not reduce the risk of transmission of HIV to others through sexual contact or blood contamination. Caution patient to use a condom and to avoid sharing needles or donating blood to prevent spreading the AIDS virus to others. Advise patient that the long-term effects of rilpivirine are unknown at this time.
  • Inform patients and families of risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior and advise that behavioral changes, emergency or worsening signs and symptoms of depression, unusual changes in mood, or emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts of self-harm should be reported to health care professional immediately.
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome may trigger opportunistic infections or autoimmune disorders. Notify health care professional if symptoms occur.
  • May cause dizziness. Caution patient to avoid driving or other activities requiring alertness until response to medication is known.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult with health care professional before taking other medications, especially St. John's wort.
  • Inform patient that changes in body fat (increased fat in upper back and neck, breast, and around back, chest, and stomach area; loss of fats from legs, arms, and face) may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected. Advise patient to avoid breast feeding during rilpivirine therapy.
  • Emphasize the importance of regular follow-up exams and blood counts to determine progress and monitor for side effects.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Delayed progression of AIDS and decreased opportunistic infections in patients with HIV.
  • Decrease in viral load and increase in CD4 cell counts.
References in periodicals archive ?
ViiV Healthcare and Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, a Janssen Pharmaceutical-Johnson & Johnson company, announced a partnership in June 2014 to investigate the potential of combining dolutegravir and rilpivirine in a single tablet to expand the treatment options for people with HIV.
ViiV Healthcare, a joint venture of GSK, Pfizer and Shionogi, has started a phase III study with a two-drug regimen of its long-acting, injectable cabotegravir and Janssen Sciences Ireland's long-acting injectable rilpivirine in virally suppressed adults with HIV-1 infection, it was reported yesterday.
The ATLAS-2M study is designed to demonstrate the non-inferior antiviral activity, at 48 weeks of treatment, of long-acting cabotegravir and long-acting rilpivirine administered every eight weeks compared with long-acting cabotegravir and long-acting rilpivirine administered every four weeks.
Currently dolutegravir (DTG) in combination with either abacavir (ABC) or rilpivirine (RPV) and the investigational integrase inhibitor cabotegravir (CAB) in combination with RPV are being studied in 2-drug regimens.
Therefore, the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetic outcomes of long-acting cabotegravir plus rilpivirine in different subpopulations infected with HIV-1 needs further evaluation," the investigators concluded.
Cabotegravir plus rilpivirine, once a day, after induction with cabotegravir plus nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors in antiretroviral naive adults with HIV-1 infection (LATTE): a randomised, phase 2b, doseranging trial.
Likewise, Efavirenz (EFV), Elvitegravir (EVG) as well as rilpivirine (RPV) repress [78-80], whereas nevirapine (NVP) heightens Acrp30 release from adipocytes [79,81,82].
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA -- Long-acting injectable antiretroviral therapy with cabotegravir and rilpivirine in nanosuspension successfully suppressed HIV-infected patients' plasma viral load to fewer than 50 copies /mL for 48 weeks as maintenance therapy in the LATTE-2 trial, David A.
Week 96 efficacy and safety of rilpivirine in treatment-naive, HIV-1 patients in two Phase III randomized trials.
And also late stage pipeline drugs such as Elvitegravir, Inavir, Rapiacta, Rilpivirine and Vicriviroc are estimated to enter the market, which will positively impact the market.
NRTI: nucleoside or nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor, NNRTI: nonnucleoside or nonnucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor, ABC: abacavir, 3TC: lamivudine, TDF: tenofovir disoproxil, FTC: emtricitabine, ZDV: zidovudine, ATV: atazanavir, r: ritonavir (boosted regimen), DRV: darunavir, * EFV: efavirenz, recommended to be started after 8 weeks of gestation, RAL: raltegravir, LPV: lopinavir, and RPV: rilpivirine.
NIH Active FDA approval ingredients status Oral Tenofovir and Approved Truvada emtricitabine Vaginal Dapivirine Not approved, ring in Phase 3 trials Long-acting Rilpivirine and Not approved, in injections cabotegravir Phase 2 trials Advantages Oral * Highly studied Truvada * Proven effective Vaginal * Offers greater privacy ring * Ease of adherence Long-acting * Does not require daily injections adherence * Offers greater privacy for both men and women Disadvantages Oral * Requires daily adherence Truvada * Can be difficult to keep discreet Vaginal * True effectiveness unknown ring Long-acting * Potential for the development injections of drug resistance * If side effects occur, cannot remove the drug immediately