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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) is a drug used for antiviral therapy against HIV. It was formerly known as MK-0518. It is manufactured by Merck. Raltegravir is the first "integrase inhibitor" drug. When HIV infects a cell, it combines its...
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new hiv med Raltegravir looks good and is the future of hiv meds

Dr Bob, l read there is a new hiv drug on the market which is early in its stage called raltegravir and its a integrase inhibitor, a nother name for it could be isentress, the drug has no reported side effects... Dr Bob what do you know about this...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,What do I know about Isentress (raltegravir)?? Well, I know it quite well. In fact, I just swallowed one!Isentress is indeed an inhibitor of the HIV-1 integrase enzyme. This is a novel new mechanism of action for antiretroviral agents. It is... 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 »

Valtrex and Raltegravir/Truvada

I sometimes have outbreaks of herpes on my face . I am in the beginning stages of an outbreak now and I wonder if it is OK to take Valtrex for 3 days like I normally do. I currently am on Raltegravir and Truvada. I have only been on medication...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
It is usually safe to take Valtrex with raltegravir/Truvada-risk for interactions is low. KH... Read more »

Urgent! I am running out of ISENTRESS (raltegravir) - options what to do

Hi. I have been on Truvada and Raltegravir for almost 2 years now. I had to leave the UK for 2.5 weeks urgently and I did not have enough Raltegravir to cover all my stay abroad. I am running out of Raltegravir on the 4th of May and I am not back in...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.I'd recommend taking both the Truvada and Isentress (raltegravir) until you run out of the Iater. It's far better to interrupt all HIV medications simultaneously for a few days and then resume them together.With... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »

5 lessons about the way we treat people

Posted by franfrog, 2 Replies




Five (5) lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.



1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor
gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student
and had breezed through the questions until... Read more »