What is Isentress (Raltegravir) used for?
Isentress (Raltegravir) is an antiviral medicine used in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that can cause the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Isentress prevents the spread of HIV through the body, however it is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
How should I use Isentress (Raltegravir)?
Most adults will be given a daily dose of one 400mg tablet. Follow the dosing instructions provided by your doctor.
Intress 400mg is a film-coated, non-chewable tablet. It must be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
What are the side effects of Isentress (Raltegravir)?
Common side effects associated with Isentress include diarrhea, nausea, headache, and insomnia.
Rash has also been reported as a side effect of Isentress. These rashes usually go away without any change in treatment. In a small number of patients, these rashes can become serious. If you develop rash, call your doctor as soon as possible.
Blood tests showed abnormally elevated levels of creatine kinase (a muscle enzyme) in some patients receiving Isentress. Use Isentress with caution in patients with an increased risk of muscle problems like myopathy and rhabdomyolysis, including patients using other medications known to cause these conditions.
Before beginning treatment with Isentress, tell your doctor if:
Also make sure your doctor is aware of your full medical history, and any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or supplements you are taking.