Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.
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This is the first medication approved as an Integrase Inhibitor (InSTI), so it may be a great, but somewhat expensive, option for people who have already tried other drugs and need another option.
- If having difficulty swallowing the tablet, consider the chewable tablet or oral suspension.
- Only one tablet taken two times a day.
- Can be used for kids 4 weeks and older.
- May be helpful if other HIV drugs have stopped working since Isentress works differently than most HIV drugs.
- Tablets, chewable tablets, and the oral suspension all have different doses, so talk to your doctor if you want to switch from one to another.
- The oral suspension has to be taken within 30 minutes of mixing it.
- Avoid taking antacids that contain aluminum and/or magnesium while taking Isentress.
- Let your doctor know right away if while taking Isentress you begin to feel unexplained muscle pain.
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What to expect when you take Isentress (Raltegravir)Skip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
- Set two times during the day, one in the morning and one in the evening that you will remember to take Isentress.
- Take Isentress with or without food.
- Isentress can make you tired, so avoid other medications or drinks that will add to the problem.
- If being used for kids, the dose of Isentress will continue to change as they grow, so keep in touch with their doctor.
Side effects for Isentress (Raltegravir)
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- Higher risk if:
- › Prior severe allergic reaction to Isentress
Severe, potentially life-threatening, skin reactions have been reported. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice a new or severe rash, a rash accompanied by fever, unexplained blisters, or many new sores in your mouth.
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- Tips from our pharmacists
- › Take Isentress with or without food.
- Risks from our pharmacists
- › Combining certain medications can increase the risk of muscle pain (myopathy), muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis), and kidney damage. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when taking any new medications.