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Isentress Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is raltegravir (Isentress)?
- What are the possible side effects of raltegravir (Isentress)?
- What is the most important information I should know about raltegravir (Isentress)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking raltegravir (Isentress)?
- How should I take raltegravir (Isentress)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Isentress)?
- What happens if I overdose (Isentress)?
- What should I avoid while taking raltegravir (Isentress)?
- What other drugs will affect raltegravir (Isentress)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking raltegravir (Isentress)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to raltegravir.
To make sure you can safely take raltegravir, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- a muscle disorder;
- kidney disease;
- liver disease;
- a history of mental illness or depression.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether raltegravir will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. HIV can be passed to your baby if you are not properly treated during pregnancy. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of raltegravir on the baby.
Women with HIV or AIDS should not breast-feed a baby. Even if your baby is born without HIV, the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast milk.
The chewable tablet may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of raltegravir if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
How should I take raltegravir (Isentress)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
You may take raltegravir with or without food.
The raltegravir chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.
Do not crush, chew, or break a regular tablet. Swallow it whole.
Use raltegravir regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
If your doctor changes your brand, strength, or type of raltegravir, your dosage needs may change. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about the new kind of raltegravir you receive at the pharmacy.
HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Isentress Information
- Isentress Drug Interactions Center: raltegravir oral
- Isentress Side Effects Center
- Isentress FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
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