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Risks Of Isentress

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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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I was diagnosed 1 year ago with HIV. I am 42 yrs old. I have been on several regimens of drugs, but have had severe side effects on all of them. Diarrhea, vomiting, rashes, severe pain in my hands and feet, confusion and abdominal pain. I was...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your post.It is important to take the full dose of medication, especially at the onset of treatment when the virus is growing at a high rate. It is good that your corrected the problem quickly. Although some of the medicines in your... Read more »

Unprotected sex with my partner - different HAART meds

Hi,My partner and I are both positive and I have recently changed from the same treatment as him (Atripla) to Isentress / Truvada. Is there a risk of exposing him to resistance to Isentress if we have unprotected sex? His VL is undetectable, mine is...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is a modest risk for your virus to be transmitted to your partner and if resistance to any of the components of Atripla had developed then resistant virus can be transmitted in that type of situation. That scenario has been... Read more »

lowest potential meds for lipo side effects

I'm soon to start meds and would like to know what meds, or combos, carry the least risk of lipo. Atripla? Isentress and Truvada or Isentress and Epzicom. This is very hard to figure out.
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
This is hard to figure this out because of a lack of hard data in head to head comparative trials that measure lipoatrophy outcomes. But from extrapolation from the available studies, it seems the combination with the least risk of metabolic side... Read more »

Re: Starting Isentress In A Few Days

Doctor Benjamin,I wrote to you a month ago about staring Isentress because of the overwhelming tiredness and lack of sleep because of the ultra vivid dreams that I experienced while on Atripla and you asked me to write back in to let you know how i...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for your comments and follow up.It's terrific to hear that your side effects have improved.It might be too simple to say that one's not concerned at all about the risks of side effects, but so far, raltegravir (Isentress) has not... Read more »
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FAQs About Isentress (Raltegravir) From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

Starting Treatment | Switching Treatment | Side Effects | Insurance Starting Treatment Is Isentress a good option for HIVers who haven't tried other HIV meds? Are doctors allowed to prescribe Isentress to people who haven't... Read more »

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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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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Hyperlipidemia and HIV/AIDS: High Cholesterol and Triglycerides

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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 »

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 »