GENERIC NAME: raltegravir
BRAND NAME: Isentress
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
USES: Raltegravir is a prescription HIV medicine used with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in patients 4 weeks or age and older. Raltegravir does not cure the HIV-1 infection or AIDS. It works to reduce the viral load which is the amount of HIV virus in the blood.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of raltegravir include:
Other potential side effects of raltegravir include:
- Hepatitis (a type of viral infection of the liver)
- Blood disorders
- Kidney failure
- Kidney stones
- Indigestion or stomach pain
- Muscle pain (myopathy)
- Rhabdomyolysis (muscle destruction)
- Increased bilirubin
- Increased levels of liver enzymes
- Increased blood glucose
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Some patients taking raltegravir experience serious skin and allergic reactions. These reactions can be severe or life-threatening if not treated promptly. Patients who develop any type of skin rash with other symptoms should call their doctor right away.
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