Q1- What is Isentress (Raltegravir)?
A- Isentress (Raltegravir) belongs to the class of antiretrovirals. It is a prescription medicine, for patients suffering from HIV infection.
Q2- What are the storage conditions for Isentress?
A- Store Isentress tablets at room temperature (10-30°C). Keep this medicine away from children and pets.
Q3- What are the common side effects of Isentress?
A- Some of the common side effects of Isentress are diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headache, fever, muscle pain, insomnia, etc. There can be other side effects also. If side effects occur, consult your healthcare provider.
Q4- What is the composition and strength of Isentress?
A- Isentress comprises Raltegravir, an integrase inhibitor. This medicine is available in the strength of 400 mg in the form of tablets (for oral administration).
Q5- How does Isentress (Raltegravir) work?
A- The active ingredient of Isentress is Raltegravir. It is an integrase inhibitor. It targets integrase, an enzyme common to retroviruses that integrates the viral genetic material into human chromosomes. This is a critical step in the model of HIV infection.
Q6- How should I take this medicine?
A- Swallow the tablet with water. Do not crush or break the tablet. Take the tablet exactly in the same dose strength as prescribed by the medical practitioner. Also, do not skip a dose.
Q7- What should be done in cases of overdose and missed dose?
A- Call your doctor immediately in case of overdose. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, skip the dose if it is already the time for your next scheduled dose.
Q8- What are the warnings and precautionary steps?
Warning– Make sure to tell your doctor about:
- Medicines you already take
- Your medical history
- Any disease or allergy you have or ever had
Precautions– While consuming Isentress, avoid:
- Drinking alcohol
- Operating machinery
Q9- Is it safe to take Isentress during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
A- Do not take this medicine during pregnancy or breastfeeding without a proper prescription by a medical practitioner, after discussing the risks and benefits of taking this tablet.
Q10- Is it safe to drive after taking Isentress?
A- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you feel drowsy or unwell after taking Isentress tablet.