Isentress is a medication that helps control the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This drug is an integrase inhibitor that blocks the virus from growing and infecting more cells in the body. When taken properly, Isentress will improve your quality of life and lower the chance of complications like infections and cancer. Those with HIV can live a long and healthy life if they take medications like Isentress and keep their viral load at a low level.
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:
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:
Does Isentress cure HIV?
Isentress does not cure HIV or AIDS but reduces the amount of virus in the body over time. If fewer cells are affected by the virus, then fewer complications and symptoms will occur.
Can I use Isentress during Pregnancy?
Talk to your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Isentress. If you have HIV, Isentress can reduce the risk of passing the virus onto your child. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Breast milk can transmit HIV, so breastfeeding is typically not recommended.