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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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Low Potassium

I don't have HIV or AIDS but I do have extreme weakness, pain in legs & feet, nausea. I have had these symptoms for 6 days and have been eating a lot of potassium in those six days. Should I be worried? How long does it take to recover...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
These types of symptoms are noo-specific and can be caused by many, many things other than HIV. This being said, if you have been potentially exposed to HIV in the recent weeks, you should consider HIV testing with perhaps additional PCR testing if... Read more »

High Potassium Levels

Hi Doc, Two days ago i had my monthly bloods taken to measure VL and CD4 count. Today i received a call from my health care worker asking me to return on monday to have more blood taken as one of the tests revealed elevated potassium levels...
Susan Little, M.D.

Response from Susan Little, M.D.

University of California San Diego
It almost certainly has nothing to do with HIV. In fact the most common cause for an elevated potassium level in someone without kidney problems is that the blood was "hemolyzed" during collection. This means that the blood was drawn out... Read more »

what is the desired level of potassium

What is the normal level of potassium in your blood?...
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
The normal potassium range for adults in most labs is 3.5 to 5.5 milliequivalents (mEq) per liter.... Read more »

kaletra and potassium deficiency

My son has been having a potassium deficiency since starting on Kaletra a couple of years ago.He gets so bad that without taking three ground up potassium every hour for three hours he can't even get up he is so weak. He has diarrhea often, is...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.I'm not aware of any data that points to potassium deficiency being caused directly by lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra), though it makes sense to me that if your son has a lot of diarrhea, this alone can cause low potassium... Read more »
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Posted by chas, 1 Reply
I am HIV POZ, healthy GWM 1460 CD4 and <50 vial load. However my doctor is worried about my High Potassium....just checking to see if others may have experienced this? Read more »

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