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How Long Does Raltegravir Take To Work

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An Overview of Isentress (Raltegravir, MK-0518)

ral-TEG-ra-vir Brand Name: Isentress Other Name(s): RAL, raltegravir potassium Drug Class: Integrase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Raltegravir can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include skin reactions, allergic reactions, and liver problems. Stop taking raltegravir and contact your health care provider right away if you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms: ...
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Raltegravir Resistance

Hi Doctor Mark. My story is this. I get infected with a high resistance virus, my first medications were truvada and kaletra, unfortunately I developed resistance to both and my doctor decided to add raltegravir to my meds one year ago. The trouble...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Well the devil is in the details, as to exactly what mutations are present in the reverse transcriptase, protease and integrase enzyme sequences to know exactly how to proceed. The regimen your doctor is considering would not be a bad approach. But,... Read more »

Raltegravir & Side Effects

Hi from the UK.I know that this forum is for Safe Sex and HIV Prevention but I would like to ask you this question since I know that you have personally battled with lipodystrophy and also you mentioned already that you are taking Raltegravir.I am a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello G,1.Isentress (raltegravir) plus Truvada is not associated with a significantly increased risk of lipoatrophy or lipodystrophy. (Thymidine analogs, such as D4T and AZT, are linked to lipoatrophy and some protease inhibitors have been... Read more »

Raltegravir, Etravirine and Truvada based regiment

Hi Doc, I am currently on boosted Darunavir, Truvada and Etravirine. I have some resistance to the drugs in Truvada but they are still partially active. I have been suppressed with very high CD4+ count (1100 in February) for almost 5 years. I have...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting from Norway.Regimens for people with drug resistant virus can often be somewhat unusual, especially if working around issues of side effects, toxicity or other health issues (like high cholesterol or kidney injury).The... Read more »

Raltegravir and Tenofovir + should I be aware that this can mean "Rhabdomyolisis + Kidney Damage"?

Dear Keith Henry, I've been diagnosed with HIV since 2009. In 2010, I decided to begin my treatment against HIV. The drugs selected as initial therapy were Tenofovir + Lamivudine + Efavirenz (Our free AIDS Program in Brazil don`t offer...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If you are having ongoing central nervous system side effects from efavirenz and have an undetectable HIV level with no history of drug resistance --then switching the efavirenz to raltegravir is usually a good option. Risk for additive muscle,... Read more »
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