Specifically designed to treat people with HIV, Isentress is an HIV drug available by prescription. Isentress is the brand name of Raltegravir. The drug comes in the form of 400mg and 600mg tablets. It is also available under the name Zepdon.
How does Isentress work?
Isentress is part of a group of medicines called integrase inhibitors, which have proven effectiveness in halting the operations of the human immunodeficiency virus. It does this by altering and preventing HIV’s replication process. It also improves the mechanism of the immune system, providing the body with more established protection.
Isentress’ dosage is determined by the following guidelines:
Age and weight of an HIV positive individual
His/her medical history
His/her body’s acknowledgment of the treatment administered.
Ingest twice daily – 400 mg of Isentress
HIV patients with 40 kgs in weight – 30 mg of Isentress
28 kgs in weight – 200 mg of Isentress
25 kgs in weight – 150 mg of Isentress
How to take it?
Consuming Isentress with food or without food is your choice, but you should ensure to take it according to the prescription given. Your doctor will provide you detailed instructions on how to take this medicine. Following those instructions closely will add to the efficiency of the medicine, making it possible to achieve an undetected status. Do not wait for the infection to get worse. The prescription will be your guide in living healthily.
Raltegravir Side Effects
The unwanted reactions brought about by Raltegravir are classified by its rigor to the human body. Some of these are:
Mild Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
Swelling around the feet, ankles, or legs
Unexplained weight gain
Isentress medicine should be stored in a place away from harm (sunlight, moisture, and cold). Ensure that the children aren’t able to locate and play with it. Additionally, dispose of expired medications safely.