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Edurant 25 mg tablets (Great Britain)
EDURANT 25 mg film-coated tablets
1. What EDURANT is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take EDURANT
3. How to take EDURANT
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store EDURANT
6. Contents of the pack and other information
EDURANT contains rilpivirine that is used for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. It belongs to a group of HIV medicines called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). EDURANT works by reducing the amount of HIV in your body.
EDURANT is used in combination with other HIV medicines to treat adolescents and adults 12 years of age and older who are infected with HIV and who have never been treated before with HIV medicines.
Your doctor will discuss with you which combination of medicines is best for you.
Do not take EDURANT if you are allergic to rilpivirine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
Do not take EDURANT in combination with any of the following medicines as they may affect the way EDURANT or the other medicine works:
If you are taking any of the above, ask your doctor about alternatives.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking EDURANT.
EDURANT is not a cure for HIV infection. It is part of a treatment reducing the amount of virus in the blood.
EDURANT has only been used in a limited number of patients of 65 years or older. If you belong to this age group, please discuss the use of EDURANT with your doctor.
Tell your doctor about your situation
Make sure that you check the following points and tell your doctor if any of these apply to you.
EDURANT is not for use in children less than 12 years of age, because it has not been sufficiently studied in these patients.
You must take EDURANT together with other HIV medicines. Your doctor will advise on which HIV medicines can be combined with EDURANT and together you will decide which combination fits your needs best. Follow your doctor’s instruction carefully.
Some medicines may affect the levels of EDURANT in the blood when they are taken at the same time as EDURANT.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
It is not recommended to combine EDURANT with other non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) such as delavirdine, efavirenz, etravirine, and nevirapine.
The effects of EDURANT or other medicines might be influenced if you take EDURANT together with any of the following medicines. Tell your doctor if you take:
Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. Pregnant women should discuss the use of EDURANT with their doctor.
Breast-feeding is not recommended in women living with HIV because HIV infection can be passed on to the baby in breast milk.
If you are breast-feeding, or thinking about breast-feeding, you should discuss it with your doctor as soon as possible.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Some patients may experience tiredness, dizziness or drowsiness during treatment with EDURANT.
Do not drive or operate machinery if you feel tired, dizzy or drowsy while taking EDURANT.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet, that is to say essentially ‘sodium-free’.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose of EDURANT is one tablet once a day.
EDURANT must be taken with a meal. A meal is important to get the right levels of active substance in your body. A nutritional drink (e.g. protein-rich) alone does not replace a meal.
There are four situations that require special attention:
1. If you take rifabutin (a medicine to treat some bacterial infections), take two tablets of EDURANT once a day. When you stop taking rifabutin, take one tablet of EDURANT once a day. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
2. If you take an antacid (a medicine to treat diseases related to the acid in the stomach such as aluminium / magnesium hydroxide, calcium carbonate). Take the antacid either at least 2 hours before or at least 4 hours after EDURANT (see section 2 “Other medicines and EDURANT”).
3. If you take an H2-receptor antagonist (medicines used to treat stomach or intestinal ulcers or used to relieve heartburn due to acid reflux (such as cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine or ranitidine). Take the H2-receptor antagonist at least 12 hours before or at least 4 hours after EDURANT (see section 2 “Other medicines and EDURANT”). H2-receptor antagonists should not be taken in a twice a day regimen. Talk to your doctor about an alternative regimen.
4. If you take didanosine (a medicine to treat HIV infection), no dose adjustment is required. Didanosine should be administered on an empty stomach at least two hours before or at least four hours after EDURANT (which must be taken with a meal).
The bottle comes with a child resistant cap. It can be opened by pushing the screw cap down while turning it anti-clockwise.
Contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately. In case of overdose, you may have a headache, nausea, dizziness, and/or abnormal dreams.
If you notice within 12 hours of the time you usually take EDURANT, you must take the tablet as soon as possible. The EDURANT tablet must be taken with a meal. Then take the next dose as usual.
If you notice after 12 hours, then skip that dose and take the next doses as usual.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you vomit less than 4 hours after taking EDURANT, take another tablet with a meal. If you vomit more than 4 hours after taking EDURANT you do not need to take another tablet until your next regularly scheduled tablet.
Contact your doctor if uncertain about what to do if you miss a dose or vomit.
HIV treatment does not cure HIV infection! Do not stop using EDURANT without talking to your doctor first. Even if you feel better, do not stop taking EDURANT or your other HIV medicines. Doing so could increase the risk of the virus developing resistance. Talk to your doctor first.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the bottle after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in the original bottle in order to protect from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
White to off-white, film-coated, round, biconvex tablet, with “TMC” on one side and “25” on the other side.
A bottle with child resistant closure containing 30 film-coated tablets.
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This leaflet was last revised in November 2022.