You'll take about a month of once-daily starter pills before beginning CABENUVA. Stay under the care of your doctor during treatment. Every person featured on this site has been compensated by ViiV Healthcare.
Could once-monthly treatment work for me?
Here’s how to have the CABENUVA conversation with your doctor.
CABENUVA is a complete prescription regimen used to treat HIV-1 infection in adults as a replacement for their current HIV-1 treatment when their healthcare provider determines that they meet certain requirements.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not receive CABENUVA if you:
have ever had an allergic reaction to cabotegravir or rilpivirine.
are taking certain medicines:
dexamethasone (more than a single-dose treatment), and/or
St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
What are the possible side effects of CABENUVA?
CABENUVA may cause serious side effects, including:
Allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop a rash with CABENUVA. Stop receiving CABENUVA and get medical help right away if you develop a rash with any of the following signs or symptoms:
generally ill feeling
muscle or joint aches
blisters or sores in mouth
redness or swelling of the eyes
swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
Post-injection reactions have happened within minutes in some people after receiving their rilpivirine injection. Most symptoms resolved within a few minutes after the injection. Symptoms may include:
numbness of your mouth
feeling light-headed or feeling like you are going to pass out (faint)
blood pressure changes
Liver problems. People with a history of hepatitis B or C virus or people who have certain liver function test changes may have an increased risk of developing new or worsening changes in certain liver tests during CABENUVA treatment. Liver problems have also happened in people without history of liver problems or other risk factors. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your liver function. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of the following signs or symptoms of liver problems:
your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice)
dark or “tea-colored” urine
light-colored stools (bowel movements)
nausea or vomiting
loss of appetite
pain or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area
Depression or mood changes. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
feeling sad or hopeless
feeling anxious or restless
have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself
The most common side effects of CABENUVA include:
pain, tenderness, hardened mass or lump, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, and warmth at the injection site
muscle or bone pain
These are not all the possible side effects of CABENUVA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at1-800-FDA-1088.
Before you receive CABENUVA, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
have ever had a skin rash or an allergic reaction to medicines that contain cabotegravir or rilpivirine.
have or have had liver problems, including hepatitis B or C infection.
have ever had mental health problems.
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if CABENUVA will harm your unborn baby. CABENUVA can remain in your body for up to 12 months or longer after the last injection.
are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take CABENUVA. You should not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby. It is not known if CABENUVA can pass to your baby in your breast milk. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during treatment.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some medicines interact with CABENUVA. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that interact with CABENUVA.
Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take CABENUVA with other medicines.
How will I receive CABENUVA?
Once a month, a healthcare provider will inject CABENUVA as 2 injections (cabotegravir and rilpivirine), one into each side of your buttocks.
Before receiving your first CABENUVA injections, your healthcare provider will have you take one VOCABRIA (cabotegravir) tablet and one EDURANT (rilpivirine) tablet once a day for one month (at least 28 days) to assess how well you tolerate these medicines.
Stay under the care of a healthcare provider during treatment with CABENUVA. It is important that you attend your planned appointments to receive your injections.
If you miss or plan to miss a scheduled monthly CABENUVA injection by more than 7 days, call your healthcare provider right away to discuss your treatment options.