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Isentress/Truvada and arthritis
Jun 24, 2012

I'm 33 years old and I've been HIV+ for 3 years. I take Isentress and Truvada, and I'm undetectable (CD4 count = 510). I haven't had any major side effects from my medication, but recently I've developed moderate joint pain in my left hand (specifically in my fingers). The pain seems like arthritis pain, and I've had it for a few weeks without any change. Could this be arthritis caused by my medications? Thanks in advance.

Response from Dr. Henry

There has been a low level association of raltegravir with joint pain/stillness (>5% range)--joint pain can be due to a variety of factors so I recommend a discussion with your HIV provider. KH

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