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Isentress Side Effects
May 25, 2011

I was on Atripla for 4 years and had problems sleeping with the Sustiva. My doctor and I had a long conversation and we switched to Truvada and Isentress. I started the new treatment last week and sleeping much better but have a burning sensation in my stomach, feel a little bloated, etc. Is a temporary or permanent side effect? Any information on this or suggestions to address this issue?

Response from Dr. Henry

Stomach side effects from Isentress (raltegravir) occur but often compare favorably to other HIV meds. If side effects develop early then often will diminish over the first several weeks. Other conditions (ie H pylori infection, reflux esophagitis) could be involved so a discussion with your HIV provider is recommended. KH

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