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Isentress side effects
Nov 14, 2008

I started Isentress 30 days ago and I've been experiencing extreme itching in my lower extremities and rather annoying abdominal pain (it feels like a contusion inside of me). Will these diminish over time or just another fact of life with HIV? Thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

Raltegravir (Isentress)has been a generally well tolerated with fairly low rates of skin problems and abdominal problems. Usually raltegravir would be used with other HIV meds; some of those may more commonly cause or contribute to skin or stomach complaints. There are also a number of symptoms that can occur due to immune reconstitution, depending on your HIV status. Many other non-HIV conditions can also cause some of those symptoms so a good history and physical/lab examination may be warranted. KH

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