Isentress

Generic Name: Raltegravir

  • What is Isentress?

    Isentress is used to treat HIV infection. It must be taken in combination with other HIV medications.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Isentress?

    Isentress is not a cure for HIV infection. Nor does it reduce the chance of passing HIV to others through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood.

  • Who should not take Isentress?

    You should not take Isentress if you are pregnant as it has not been studied in pregnant women. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Isentress?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Isentress. Also tell your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any allergies or you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is 400 milligrams (mg) twice a day. If you are taking rifampin, the usual dose is 800 mg twice a day.

  • How should I take Isentress?

    Take Isentress exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take the tablet twice a day by mouth. It can be taken with or without food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Isentress?

    Do not change your dose or stop taking Isentress without talking to your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Isentress?

    If Isentress is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Isentress with other medications, especially rifampin or other medicines used to treat HIV.

  • What are the possible side effects of Isentress?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: nausea, headache, tiredness, weakness, trouble sleeping

  • Can I receive Isentress if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Isentress is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It is recommended that HIV-infected women should not breastfeed their infants. This is because their babies could be infected with HIV through their breast milk. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Isentress?

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed dose.

  • How should I store Isentress?

    Store at room temperature.

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