for Veterans and the Public
- Type of Drug: Integrase Inhibitor
- This is the first approved drug in a class of drugs called integrase inhibitors. It works by blocking an enzyme that the virus needs in order to make more virus. The enzyme that it blocks is called HIV integrase.
one 400 mg capsule Isentress two times a day
Notes on taking this medication
- Isentress interacts with certain tuberculosis medication. If you're being treated for TB or MAC, let your HIV provider know.
- Antacids, laxatives, mineral supplements, and other compounds that contain calcium, magnesium, aluminum, or iron can decrease levels of Isentress if they are taken close in time to each other. Ask your provider whether or how you can take these compounds with Isentress.
- Usually well tolerated; may cause nausea; diarrhea; headache; muscle aches; rash
- Contact your doctor promptly if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
See accompanying chart: Tips for Common Side Effects
My doctor's instructions
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to substitute for advice from your medical provider or pharmacist. If you have any questions about your medication dosing, talk to your medical provider or pharmacist.