Isentress, with the generic name raltegravir, is an oral medication used along with other antiretroviral medications to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 infection. This medication helps decrease the amount of HIV in the body, allowing the immune system to work better. It also prevents HIV complications, including cancer and new infections.
This is available in Isentress 400 mg tablet.
How does Isentress work?
This human immunodeficiency virus integrase strand transfer inhibitor (HIV-1 INSTI) works by inhibiting the catalytic activity of an HIV-1encoded enzyme which is needed for viral replication. This prevents the covalent insertion/integration of unintegrated linear HIV-1 DNA right into the host cell genome. After this, the inhibition of HIV-1 provirus responsible for the propagation of the viral infection is also prevented.
How to use Isentress
To begin, read the Isentress guide or information leaflet that comes with this product. Do not take any oral prescription if you have not yet fully understood the drug information and warnings written in the guide. If you need further medical advice or have additional inquiries on how this drug works, you may ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this tablet orally. This is usually prescribed once or twice daily or as directed by your physician. This can be taken either with or without a meal. Drink a glass of water after taking this tablet.
Make sure you take this oral medication regularly and as prescribed. Establish a dosing schedule to prevent missing doses. Do not alter your Isentress dose as it is based on your overall medical condition, response to therapy, and other drugs you are taking. Further, don’t stop taking this medication abruptly or even for a short time because doing so could lead to infection resistance or an increase in the amount of virus.
Isentress Side Effects
Common side effects:
-Insomnia or trouble sleeping
Mostly, the side effects brought about by this medication are mild and will go away after a few days. If the adverse reactions persist or get worse over time, you should hold this drug and consult your doctor or any healthcare professional. Also, you should report severe side effects, such as:
-Signs of Guillain-Barre syndrome (loss of coordination, unsteadiness, trouble swallowing, trouble moving the eyes)
This is not a complete or full list of the side effects of Isentress.
Before starting to use this oral drug, you should disclose your entire medical history with your physician, especially muscle disorders, high creatine kinase levels, liver disease, and kidney disease. Some diseases or disorders may impact how your body will respond to the drug. Furthermore, you should talk about all prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, supplements, and herbal products you are taking because of possible drug interactions with this HIV-1 INSTI.
Always be cautious for an allergic reaction while on this treatment. Avoid taking this oral drug if you have a known allergy to raltegravir or any inactive ingredients each tablet may contain. Discontinue this medication and immediately seek emergency medical attention once you experience signs of hypersensitivity, such as swelling of the face and neck, skin rashes, severe dizziness, hives, and trouble breathing.
This drug may cause dizziness and headache, which could be aggravated by alcohol consumption. Limit drinking alcohol and practice extreme caution when doing activities that require alertness, such as operating machinery and driving.
It may be necessary for pregnant moms to take this drug in order to lower the risk of transmitting the HIV infection to their babies. For breastfeeding moms, it is unknown whether this medication could pass into breast milk. Consult your healthcare provider about the potential risks and benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Isentress used to prevent HIV infection?
This medication may be used as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for people who were possibly exposed to HIV.
How long should I take Isentress?
If you are using this oral drug to prevent HIV infection, you may have to take this for 28 days.
Does Isentress cause insomnia?
Yes, this prescription drug may cause insomnia.
Can Isentress cause kidney problems?
Kidney problems due to raltegravir are rare.
How much does Isentress cost?
Check out the top of this product description for the prices of this medication.
Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Isentress (Raltegravir). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Isentress (Raltegravir).
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