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Cabenuva User Reviews & Ratings

Cabenuva has an average rating of 8.0 out of 10 from a total of 19 reviews on Drugs.com. 71% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 6% reported a negative experience.

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  • Txgaguy
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 18, 2024

For HIV Infection "It has been wonderful not having to remember to take a pill daily, but there are serious side effects for me. My hips and legs experience serious pain for a week after injections. The pain is nearly debilitating and causes me to walk with a very hard limp. I've been on Cabenuva for a year and the pain has not gotten any better. I will be switching back to the daily pill. It has been great maintaining my undetectable viral load, but the pain and side effects are just not worth it."

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  • matteo...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 15, 2022

For HIV Infection "I had my initial injection last week. What a great sense of freedom I feel after years of taking a daily pill. I am pill-free and loving it! The injection itself did not hurt at all. However, my butt was certainly sore for three days. We will see if the same thing happens with follow up shots. I go back in a month for my first follow up shot. And it’s every 2 months after that. This is a no brainer for me. I am free from pills and daily management of HIV. I am also hopeful for longer lasting treatments in the future. Thank you science (and scientists!)"

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  • Vangie
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • March 3, 2024

For HIV Infection "I still wonder if the drug, Although effective, is the correct one for a 75-year-old man? I am constantly not feeling well, and by not well. I have flu symptoms that come and go. Fatigue has become routine, and before CAB, I was exercising, walking, and in general more energetic. I did consult with my ID doc, and they feel that perhaps we may have to go on to something else! I am having my shot this month, March, and I am on the every two-month plan. I did very well on the intro pills, and all of my numbers were the best ever?"

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  • Lin
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • July 12, 2023

For HIV Infection "I've been on Cabenuva for over a year. The injections are very painful and I'm sore and drowsy for about 2-3 days afterwards. I love the benefits of not taking a pill daily. However, this medication has caused me extreme weight gain in the stomach area. I may switch back to pills or try Egrifta."

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  • Not...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 5, 2024

For HIV Infection "I’ve been on the injection for two months now and I’ve had serious concerns. Irregular heartbeats, liver function lab elevated, brain fog, and a knot in the injection site. I’ll be going back to the pill. I’ve been undetectable for years until starting the injection, not willing to risk it. I’m taking two other pills anyway so what the heck, plus taking time off work the same time every two months for the injection is also an issue. Hope you have."

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  • Nola
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 27, 2022

For HIV Infection "Prepare for a day or two to chill out after the shot. The doctor told me the side that is more sore is the Rilpivarine side. This time it’s way more sore than the other times. Like having trouble walking normal. It feels that sore. It goes away after a day or two. This is better than taking a pill everyday it’s just a shot every two months for me. Hopefully they can do it every six months because it can be painful. They put the shots at a weird spot it’s not in the butt but between the leg and hip. I cried a little this last time bc the pain was sharp. You gotta stay really still when they give the shot there was two people in the room one to hold your hand if you want and the other gives the shot. It’s no joke so if you have a pain tolerance and hate being tied down to pills do it! It has worked flawlessly it’s just that pain from the injection that sucks."

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  • William
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 13, 2023

For HIV Infection "It’s pretty much a non-event! Love the flexibility of this injection. It does have a bit of an achy feel after the injection - similar to a flu shot but very short lived (less than 48 hours). But if you do a nice long walk after injection or a light workout the pain dissipates quickly. The benefits far outweigh any slight discomfort. Really a game changer for people living with HIV. Pro-tip: ask the administering nurse to do the injection extra slow - slower is better as it causes less injection site pain (I’m a bit of a needle baby )"

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  • freedom
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • October 27, 2023

For HIV Infection "Game changer. Love not having to remember a pill everyday. Been getting injections almost a year now. Injections have not been painful. A little tenderness the next day on the right side. Thankful for this medication."

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  • Nope
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • April 9, 2023

For HIV Infection "I decided to try it and got switched in October 2022. Initially I was super excited and happy, but I noticed very quick and drastic behavioural and mood change to the extent I felt like a different person and that was noticeable by my close circles. I felt like I'm fully detached from everyone and everything I loved and cared for. My attention got literally to 0, I wasn't able to follow a simple conversation. It did work against the virus, but in March this year the doctor called me to quickly visit because it turned out the drug levels were too low in my blood. So, we switched to Juluca. It didn't work for me, wish it did but it didn't."

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  • Lotti...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 2, 2023

For HIV Infection "Hi, just started my shots today at 8:45 am. After all the paperwork was done, it was time for both shots in the tushy. Same time, ouch! After a little pain, then at night my tushy was hurting on both cheeks. But I don’t have to worry about pills anymore. I’m happy, especially in my birthday month!"

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  • Naomi
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 7, 2023

For HIV Infection "My first injection was in December, and the pain was bad. I could barely walk. The symptoms went away after a couple of days. The second injection was in January, the pain was okay but I developed two lumps on both hips and I noticed vagina Irritation the day after the injection that went away with no medication. I recently had the third injection and I developed a yeast infection, and a headache the day after the injection along with nausea. Im willing to go back on the daily pills."

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  • Coby
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 21, 2024

For HIV Infection "Study on Cabenuva had some hiccups getting started, but after a delay, I have been on it for the last six months. Experienced soreness and some pain for about five days after injection. Gained about nine pounds of weight, mostly in the stomach area. The doctor's office wasn't familiar with the funding process, which caused some problems. So, going back to pills until the kinks are worked out and the process is a bit better. I did like not having to take a pill every day."

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  • Lotti...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 24, 2023

For HIV Infection "Had the first 2 shots so far so good. I’ll know more on the 29th after the blood test and another set of shots. There's a little pain in my tushy from the shots, but all is okay. I hope it helps. I was diagnosed in 2013. I really like the shots better than pills."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • February 10, 2024

For HIV Infection "As the partner of someone positive since the 1990s, it's helpful to see/compare what we navigate. I know we have a finite envelope of time between office/shot and getting safely home in bed for the next 24-48 hours after a shot."

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  • Happy
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • September 3, 2023

For HIV Infection "I've started my injections in January and the pain has been the same. This last shot in August has me limping when I walk. I still prefer injections over pills any day. I love the peace of mind of knowing I don't need to bring pills with me for an overnight stay."

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  • Caben...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 4, 2022

For HIV Infection "Just started my first dose of Cabenuva. I have been on Odefsey, Complera and Atripla previous to this for more than a decade. I didn’t think the shot hurt that much and I did not much notice any pain in the days that followed. I feel the nurse and doctor talked up the pain a lot but compared to remembering my pill every day or the complications around travel this is amazing. I’m only on day 3 but so far so good."

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  • Colum...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • April 27, 2024

For HIV Infection "I waited so long for this med. I'm still on the fence. The 1st injection went in my butt cheeks and I think she hit my sciatic nerve. Next came months of severe butt pain, legs going numb and falling over. The Dr seemed concerned and did a lot of testing but swore they didn't see anything wrong. Well 5 shots later I get a new tech today and she's like you may want it in the butt but we have to do the sides because we hit a Lady's sciatic nerve. Her mouth dropped when she found out it was me. I wouldn't have sued because I love my Dr's office and it was an honest accident but I feel real jaded I was lied to. Anywho, the site pain is terrible a few hours later up to about day 3. It swells to about a large egg then goes down to a peanut M&M for about a month. You can see every injection site as it turns the skin very dark. It does keep me undetectable and I have the same appt date every 2 months with no other issues. The few days of pain may make you regret it but after that you're fine."

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  • Carden
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • May 14, 2024

For HIV Infection "I've never had adverse side effects with other HIV medications, but since my second injection of Cabenuva I've been plagued with large burning welts. First, the pads of my feet/toes suddenly became swollen and painful. This lasted nearly a week with no known external exposure to irritants. Then, a couple weeks later, my wrists and the heels of my hands became red, swollen, burning, and itchy. My upper buttocks have also developed large bi-lateral ridged welts, making it uncomfortable to sit. All somewhat painful and burning. Nothing else in my environment, diet, or habits has changed except switching from Biktarvy to Cabenuva. The medicine is effective, and bloodwork is all good, but unless I can determine another cause for the welts, I may switch back to Biktarvy. I only switched for the convenience of an every other month shot. Swallowing a daily pill doesn't seem so bad right now."

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  • LCM
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • July 30, 2023

For HIV Infection "I'm loving taking Cabenuva because I don't have to remember to take a pill each day to maintain my undetectable HIV status."

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