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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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Celzentry (maraviroc) and Isentress (raltegravir) together?

Dear Dr. Young and Dr McGowanMy doctor wants to switch me to Celzentry and Isentress and Truvada. I would prefer celzentry or isentress, plus truvada. I was surprised when he told me he wanted to put me on both, plus truvada. He feels I need...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Dear Felicia,The need for an additional medicine may be related to any past drug resistance that may have developed in your virus over time. Since you have been infected since 1986 (and by the way...Congratulations on doing so well!!) it is... Read more »

Taking Raltegravir and Elvitegravir together?

I'm on a complicated drug regimen due to extensive resistance. (I started AZT as mono-therapy long long time ago). My docs say I have one of the most drug resistant viruses they've encountered.I don't have many options due to this...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting your amazing story.You probably set the high altitude record for Fuzeon- an impressive feat.It seems as if you do have some extensive resistance issues. I'd also agree that you would want to be very careful about... Read more »

raltegravir safety

I am 56 yo male, have been + for over 26 years, never sick from HIV. I have had 2 angioplastys and stents due to the enormous rise in choleterol and tryglycerid levels plus my genetics.To resolve this ongoing problem, my doctor wants me to take...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,As you realize, Merck's integrase inhibitor, raltegravir (Isentress), is an investigational drug not yet approved by the FDA for use outside of clinical trials and the early-access program; consequently, our experience is still somewhat... Read more »

alergic reactions

I was diagnosed in 2005 and based on my numbers at that time my doctor felt we caught the early stage of my infection. I was given Viramune and Combivir. Within a month I experienced a rash which couldn't be cleared with a steriod pack, so I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I would guess that Truvada plus a boosted PI or raltegravir would be worth considering. I would get an HLA B5701 to see if you are + for that marker for abacavir hypersensitivity (usually not seen < 24 after first dose but rarely does happen).... 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 »

Take Raltegravir? Have Herpes?

Posted by peterorgers
I don't have hiv, however I do have genital herpes. Those with just genital herpes do not have access to any drugs currently that are strong enough to completely repress the disease. Many in the genital herpes community are getting exciting that... 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 »

my strange reaction

Posted by midwestguy143, 2 Replies
I tested positive on March 24, 2009. The thing that surprised me, and my friends was my reaction -- none really. Just something else in my life. I had lost my job many months ago, and with the job market being so tough, I've gotten used to the... Read more »