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Chemical Name: Raltegravir
Isentress is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body. Isentress is used to treat HIV, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medication is usually given to people who have a strain of the virus that is resistant to other antiviral medications. Isentress is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
Before using Isentress, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have a muscle disorder, kidney disease, or liver disease. HIV can be passed to the baby if the mother is not properly treated during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection while you are pregnant. You should not breast-feed while you are using Isentress. Call your doctor at once if you have serious side effects such as easy bruising or bleeding, signs of a new infection, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), muscle weakness with fever and dark colored urine, or if you urinate less than usual or not at all.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Isentress. If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Isentress.
Pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. HIV can be passed to the baby if the mother is not properly treated during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection while you are pregnant.
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. You may take Isentress with or without food. It is important to use nelfinavir regularly to get the most benefit.
Store Isentress at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
The following drugs can interact with Isentress. Tell your doctor if you are using any of these: rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rimactane), phenobarbital (Solfoton), cholesterol medications such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), simvastatin (Zocor), and others. This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Isentress. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Isentress Side Effects:
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as: pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, signs of a new infection, such as fever or chills, cough, or flu symptoms, drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, lower back pain, urinating less than usual or not at all, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or flu symptoms and dark colored urine. Less serious side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, tired feeling, dizziness, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and trunk). This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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