Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. HIV causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Raltegravir does not cure HIV or AIDS, but it may slow the progress of the disease when used in combination with other HIV medicines.
IsentressThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to raltegravir.
How to Use This Medicine
Tablet, Chewable Tablet
- Take your medicine as directed.
- Chewable tablet: You may chew or swallow the chewable tablet whole.
- Film-coated tablet: Swallow the film-coated tablet whole.
- Do not change or stop using this medicine without talking to your doctor first. Contact your doctor or pharmacist when your supply of this medicine is running low. Do not allow yourself to run out of this medicine.
- Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Missed dose:If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Store the chewable tablets in the original package with the bottle tightly closed.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some medicines can affect how raltegravir works. Tell your doctor if you also use any of the following:
- Medicine to lower cholesterol
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you have severe liver disease, any infection, phenylketonuria (PKU), or a history of myopathy or rhabdomyolysis.
- Do not breastfeed. You can spread HIV or AIDS to your baby through your breast milk.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Severe skin or allergic reactions (may be life-threatening)
- Rhabdomyolysis (which can cause kidney problems)
- Your immune system may get stronger when you start taking HIV medicines. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your health. Sometimes the immune system will start to fight infections that were hidden in your body, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis.
- This medicine will not keep you from giving HIV to others. Always practice safe sex, even if your partner also has HIV. Do not share needles or other items that may have blood or body fluids on them.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, or severe skin rash
- Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or joint pain
- Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
- Painful cold sores or blisters on the lips or mouth
- Redness, pain, or swelling of your eye or eyelid
- Swelling of your face, lips, or mouth
- Trouble breathing
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild skin rash