Isentress, also known as raltegravir, is a medication used in combination with other HIV medications to control the human immunodeficiency virus. Raltegravir reduces the amount of HIV in the body, which makes the body’s immune system work more efficiently. If your immune system is working properly then you may experience less HIV complications and have an improved quality of life. Raltegravir works by blocking the virus from growing and infecting more cells. This drug is not a cure for HIV and does not decrease your risk of spreading HIV to others.
Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist:
You may also experience changes in body fat while you are taking this medication, such as increased fat in the upper back and stomach areas and decreased fat in the arms and legs.
Common side effects of Isentress include but are not limited to:
Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of raltegravir.
How long do I have to take Isentress?
Isentress is a long-term treatment for those with HIV. Isentress is used as a daily part of your HIV treatment.