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Isentress

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 with or without food, with no food restrictions. Take missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not double up on your next dose. AWP: $1,074.64 / month ...
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Isentress & Truvada vs. Atripla

Due to a move, I'm now seeing a new HIV Specialist. I have been taking Adderall due to an inability to concentrate, foggy mornings, and fatigue. I've also been taking Atripla for the last 3 years, and it was my first HIV med that I've ever taken. My...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Hello Oscar:Thank you for your questions. Your doctor is considering all the reasons possible for your "inability to concentrate, foggy mornings, and fatigue." Not all switches are for resistance to a drug. Sometimes switches are made due to... Read more »

Mental-health effects of Truvada/Isentress combination?

For about four months, I've been taking a Truvada-Isentress combination - my first medication after seven years HIV+. My doctor warned me there have been no long-term studies on Isentress' effects, but I agreed to try it anyway. I seem to be...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There have been a few causes of depression seemingly triggered after starting raltegravir (4 cases reported from Vancouver, BC in the journal AIDS-see below for the authors comments on those cases).epression and other psychiatric adverse events in... Read more »

Vaccination against HAV and HBV under therapy (Isentress and Truvada)

Dear professor, I'm an 25yo boy and had seroconversion illness about a year ago. I started meds, Isentress (2 tablets/d) + Truvada (1 tablet/d), two months ago (lab data: VL undetectable, CD4>500). No significant side effects.Now, a s+ friend urged...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Your friend has given you good advice.All my HIV infected patients undergo testing for all the hepatitis viruses. If they have not been exposed to HBV or HAV, they undergo immunization to protect them against infection. There is no concern that your... Read more »

Switching from Atripla to Truvada/Isentress

My question is of course, after the fact, so too late now. However, I made the decision to change from taking atripla to Truvada/Isentress with the discovery of horrific side effects I never connected to the atripla. I ordered the new meds, but...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.Sorry to hear of your side effects while on Atripla- likely due to the efavirenz component. Your comments highlight the need to first try to identify persons who might be at risk of such symptoms and to monitor after... Read more »
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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 »
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Drug Names and Manufacturers

Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors ("Nukes") Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Protease Inhibitors Integrase Inhibitors Attachment and Fusion Inhibitors Antisense Drugs Immune Modulators None of these drugs can... Read more »
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Immune Therapies in Development

What Are Immune Therapies? Immune Stimulators Therapeutic Vaccines Anti-Inflammatory Approaches Gene Therapies NOTE: Several fact sheets describe drugs that are being tested against HIV: Fact Sheet 410 : nucleoside analog... Read more »
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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... Read more »
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isentress and truvada

Posted by anfan4, 1 Reply
im been on isentress and truvada for month and half and notice increased in blood pressure and any else had this problem. Will isentress cause this problem. Read more »

Isentress Drug - Side Effects?? HELP

Posted by design36, 1 Reply
I have been taking Isentress for about a month...Adnormal dreams, Insomnia, Excessive fatique have been side effects and seem to be ones for a lot of people. Does anyone have experience with this drug? Did the side effects get better? How long... Read more »

Isentress & Side Effects

Posted by design36, 3 Replies
I have been taking Isentress for about a month...Adnormal dreams, Insomnia, Excessive fatique have been side effects and seem to be ones for a lot of people. Does anyone have experience with this drug? Did the side effects get better? How long... Read more »

Itchy bumps on face--On Isentress,Prezista,Norvir

Posted by llee, 1 Reply
Hi all, my doctor put me on a combo of Isentress,Prezista,Norvir in June. Soon after I started I got itchy bumps all over my face, and also on my neck and upper chest and upper arms. According to the doctor it's because of Immune Reconstitution... Read more »