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Do I Need To Take Raltegravir

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An Overview of Isentress (Raltegravir, MK-0518)

ral-TEG-ra-vir --> Brand Name: Isentress Other Name(s): MK-0518, MK0158, RAL Drug Class: Integrase Inhibitors Raltegravir, also known as Isentress and MK-0518, is a type of medicine called an integrase inhibitor. Integrase inhibitors work by blocking integrase, a protein that HIV needs to insert its viral genetic material into the genetic material of an infected cell. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Raltegravir was approved by the...
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I am currently on truvada and isentress. I am just wondering how strict I have to be with the isentress. Since I am a student, my morning dose usually fluctuates between 9-12, and I usually take my 2nd pill around dinner (6-7). However, this makes...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.The dosing of raltegravir probably does not need to be particularly strict. There are ongoing investigations to define if the medication can be dosed once-daily; this would seem to imply that the timing of the... Read more »

How best to prevent facial wasting after treatment interruption?

I have been on a drug "holiday" for the past 18 months, after 12 years of HIV therapy. I stopped my meds with high CD4 count of 1100 and undetectable viral load. The reason I stopped therapy was because, even though I felt great, I had significant...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello, and thanks for posting. You do not seem vain and asking to take an effective regimen with the lowest chance of lipoatrophy is a perfectly reasonable request. It would be important to know what your regimen was before the treatment... Read more »

Doctor overly zealous in treatment adherence?

My husband just started taking Isentress and Truvada (his first treatment since he was diagnosed). When he asked the doctor about the timing of the Raltegravir (Isentress) and how exactly he needs to keep the interval at 12 hours (he takes it at...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.In my opinion, I think that the 20 minute rule is a bit strict. Indeed, evidence-based medical review of the literature would show that the pivotal clinical trial for Isentress simply stated that the dosing be twice... Read more »

going to US w/o meds?

Dear Doctors,Tks for and a great site!I need to go to NYC fr 1 week and am unable to bring my meds due US law restrictions!I am currently under a protocol and should really need my meds. Is there any way I can get thise meds in NYC for one week? My...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
I am not aware of any place that you can get a week supply of your meds (without paying for them out of pocket with a prescription) in New York. Do you have a contact to whom you could send your medication in advance to hold for you?The problem you... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Integrase Inhibitor '572 Tested Against Raltegravir-Resistant HIV

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has licensed an anti-HIV integrase inhibitor discovered by the Shionogi Corporation in Japan. Because of these arrangements, this drug has the complex code name S/GSK1349572 and for now is increasingly referred to simply as... Read more »
The Body

Raltegravir Lovefest, Vienna Edition: AIDS 2010 Studies Explore Various Strategies for Use

Myles is the editorial director of and The first set of scientific presentations at AIDS 2010 brought us some new research on raltegravir (Isentress), a study on raltegravir and some new data on ... let me see here... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Raltegravir (Isentress)

What Is Raltegravir? Who Should Take It? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Raltegravir Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does it React With Other Drugs? The Bottom Line What Is Raltegravir? Raltegravir (Isentress)... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


Common Name: raltegravir (formerly MK-0518) Brand Name: Isentress Class: HIV integrase inhibitor (also called integrase strand transfer inhibitor or INSTI) Standard dose: One 400 mg film-coated tablet twice a day. Can be taken... Read more »
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Those taking, Raltegravir, Truvada & Atazanavir

Posted by sweetvanilla27, 1 Reply
I am wanting to hear from anyone who have experienced taking Raltegravir, Truvada & Atazanavir and how you have got on with the meds? I first started taking meds in May this year I was put on Truvda and Sustiva first, and was taken off them due... Read more »

raltegravir questions please help me out here

Posted by themushroom, 2 Replies
I am currently infected with a virus in the HIV family It is called Xenotropic murine leukemia virus related virus (XMRV) and is responsible for my HIV like illness and symptoms (chronic oral thrush shingles ect) It is a retro virus that... Read more »

Am I Infected

Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... Read more »

Excessive Mastubation

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Ever since I found out that I'm poz, I've been spending a lot more time mastubating. Is that normal? Or could it be because of the amount of time I've been spending reading posts about sexual issues? Pleasing myself has become an every day thing... Read more »