Generic Name: cabotegravir and rilpivirine
Dosage Form: extended-release injectable suspension (co-packaged)
Medically reviewed by Judith Stewart, BPharm. Last updated on Jan 23, 2021.
What is Cabenuva?
Cabenuva is a prescription medicine used without other Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults to replace their current HIV-1 medicines when their healthcare provider determines that they meet certain requirements.
HIV-1 is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Cabenuva contains 2 different medicines:
It is not known if Cabenuva is safe and effective in children.
Who should not receive Cabenuva?
Do not receive Cabenuva if you:
- have ever had an allergic reaction to cabotegravir or rilpivirine.
- are taking any of the following medicines:
- dexamethasone (more than a single-dose treatment
- St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Before you receive Cabenuva
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.
Pregnancy Registry. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take Cabenuva during pregnancy.
The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about how you can take part in this registry.
- 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?
- Your healthcare provider will inject Cabenuva into the muscle of each side of your buttocks.
- You will receive Cabenuva as 2 injections (cabotegravir and rilpivirine), one time every month.
- Before receiving your first injection doses, your healthcare provider will have you take 1 Vocabria (cabotegravir) tablet and 1 Edurant (rilpivirine) tablet one time a day for one month (at least 28 days). This will allow your healthcare provider to assess how well you tolerate these medicines.
- Cabenuva is a long-acting medicine and may stay in your system for 12 months or longer after your last injection.
- Stay under the care of a healthcare provider during treatment. It is important that you attend your planned appointments to receive your injection doses.
- If you miss or plan to miss a scheduled monthly injection by more than 7 days, call your healthcare provider right away to discuss your treatment options.
- If you stop treatment, you will need to take other medicines to treat your HIV-1 infection and reduce the risk of developing viral resistance. Call your healthcare provider right away to discuss your treatment options.
Cabenuva side effects
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
- trouble breathing
- blisters or sores in mouth
- redness or swelling of the eyes
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
- Post-injection reactions. Post-injection reaction symptoms have happened within minutes in some people after receiving their rilpivirine injection. Most symptoms resolved within a few minutes after the injection.
Symptoms of post-injection reactions may include:
- trouble breathing
- stomach cramps
- numbness of your mouth
- feeling anxious
- feeling warm
- feeling lightheaded 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 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 include:
- Pain, tenderness, hardened mass or lump, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, and warmth at the injection site
- muscle or bone pain
- sleep problems
These are not all the possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800 FDA-1088.
General information about the safe and effective use of Cabenuva.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in Cabenuva?
Cabotegravir extended-release injectable suspension:
Active ingredient: cabotegravir
Inactive ingredients: mannitol, polyethylene glycol (PEG) 3350, polysorbate 20, and Water for Injection.
Rilpivirine extended-release injectable suspension:
Active ingredient: rilpivirine
Inactive ingredients: citric acid monohydrate, poloxamer 338, Water for Injection, glucose monohydrate to ensure isotonicity, sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate, and sodium hydroxide to adjust pH.
More about Cabenuva (cabotegravir / rilpivirine)
- During Pregnancy
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- Pricing & Coupons
- Drug class: antiviral combinations
- FDA Approval History
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