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Will Raltegravir Help Me

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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...
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i have lost 80-90% of my hair after starting medications

I got diagnosed november 2006 and started on Norvir,reyataz and Truvada the same time.After that i have had a significant hairloss.I have lost around 90 % of my hair!! I dont feel my doctor takes it seriously,but for me it have effected my personal...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I have seen (and heard about other cases) patients with prompt hairless after starting effective HIV meds. The rate seems low overall (<< 5%) and seems to occur with a variety of HIV regimens/meds so I cannot with any confidence recommend an... Read more »

fat fat fat....

I take reyataz norvir and truvada. I have fat on my gut breast back and hump. I am only 5'3" almost 200lbs. I work out 5 to 6 times a week for 1.5 to 2 hours a day. I have been speed walking 5 to 6 miles 3 times a week for 7 years now with no...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
A full clinical, nutrition, hormone assessment is recommended. You may be sensitive to the fat effects of your HIV regimen if not other contributing causes found. Unclear whether switch to an alternative regimen (such as raltegravir or efavirenz)... Read more »

Proturuding veins

Hi, I am taking Kaletra and Combivir for about 3 years, my friends have recently commented about the veins on my legs which are starting to protrude. What do you think of this drug combination in regards to this, and what could help to get rid...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The AZT in Combivir may contribute to fat loss from the legs which can sometimes be stabilized or reversed (slowly) by switching to either tenofovir or abacavir. Kaletra has not been linked much to fat loss (as compared to fat gain) so it is more... Read more »

Choosing my first time meds.

What med. can I take that will not have the side affect of stomich distension.
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.Most of today's medications are very well tolerated by the vast majority of persons-- severe gastrointestinal side effects don't have to be the norm.That said, it's more common for protease inhibitors to cause GI... 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 »
Test Positive Aware Network


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... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drug Resistance

Table of Contents What Is Resistance? What Causes Resistance? Cross-Resistance and Sequencing How Do I Know if I Have Drug Resistance? Resistance Testing Avoiding Resistance What Is Resistance? HIV drugs are designed... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

Table of Contents The Basics The HIV Lifecycle Approved HIV Drugs Combining HIV Drugs The Bottom Line The Basics HIV drugs cannot cure HIV but they can help you stay healthy by preventingthe virus from reproducing (making... Read more »
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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 »

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 »


Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

Excessive Mastubation

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Ever since I found out that I'm poz, I've been spending a lot more time mastubating. Is that normal? Or could it be because of the amount of time I've been spending reading posts about sexual issues? Pleasing myself has become an every day thing... Read more »