Generic Name(s): raltegravir
Drug Class: HIV Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitors
Isentress (raltegravir) is used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus, also known as HIV. The drug is part of the HIV integrase strand transfer inhibitors drug class. Isentress helps to prevent the virus from spreading.
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Isentress is a HIV integrase strand transfer inhibitor that helps to prevent the HIV virus from spreading throughout the body. The drug is used to treat HIV, but will not cure the human immunodeficiency virus.
The human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medical condition will shut down an individual's immune system, leaving room for infections and cancers.
Below you will find the different uses for Isentress:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Isentress dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
- Adults and children over 12 years (tablets): 400mg twice daily
- Children weighing over 25kg (tablets): 400mg twice daily
- Children weighing over 25kg (chewable tablets): 150mg to 300mg twice daily
- Children weighing under 25kg (chewable tablets): 75mg to 150mg twice daily
Isentress Side Effects
While taking Isentress, individuals may experience different side effects. Note, not all side effects are listed here. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
Less Common Isentress Side Effects:
- Trouble sleeping
- Sour stomach
- Loss of strength
- Changes in behavior
- Stomach pain
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Dark or bloody urine
- Irregular heartbeat
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Chest tightness
- Weight gain
If combined with other medications, individuals may experience serious side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking Isentress. Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Isentress. Note, this list does not include all possible drug interactions.