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Isentress? Psychiatric Events?
Dec 24, 2007

I recently switched from Truvada and Reyataz/r to Truvada and Isentress.

Before going on HIV medications I was VERY fatigued and my sleep was very poor. But when I started my first regimen Truv. and Rey. that all changed and my sleep quality greatly increased and my fatigue went away entirely and it stayed that was for 5 months. Back when Isentress was approved I told my doctor I would be his test patient and he could put me on it and I would report back to him about the tolerability. My fatigue has gotten worse and my sleep quality has gone down hill again.

When I read the results on the study comparing sustiva to isentress (with truvada) they said something like 13% Isetress vs 27% sustiva experienced psychiatric events. What were these psychiatric events? The PI sheet just says a very vague 'psychiatric event/disturbances'.

Response from Dr. Henry

It is my understanding that there was no theme to the psychiatric events possibly attributable to raltegravir in the clinical trials reported to date. There has been an increased rate of headache reported so that may be a signal of some central nervous system side effect issues. The comparison for those events versus efavirenz was favorable as you note. A comparison of raltegravir to r/atazanavir would be valuable (but not yet done/published) to more clearly focus on whether raltegravir has some notable central nervous system side effects as compared to a drug with few/none. If any reader has any further breakdown on what specific psychiatric complaints were listed possibly attributable to raltegravir please post. KH

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