Raltegravir is an anti-retroviral agent that blocks the construction or replication of viruses. It is used to decrease the amount of viruses (viral load) in the body as low as possible, for as long as possible.
Raltegravir is usually taken two times a day, in combination with other anti-retroviral agents, to achieve a significant decrease in viral load.
Raltegravir may cause the following side effects:
Inform your doctor if the side effects above become severe and bothersome.
Report to your doctor
immediately if you experience any of the following:
Stop the medication immediately and seek medical attention if you experience any severe allergic reactions like skin rash (with or without blisters, mouth ulcers, fever and itching), swelling of the eyes and lips or difficulty breathing.
Some medication may reduce its efficacy, or increase its toxicity. Do not take any other medications or
herbal products without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist, because some medications may
reduce the efficacy or increase the side effects of Raltegravir.
Raltegravir may be administered with or without food.
Missing doses may make Raltegravir less effective and may also make the virus resistant to
Raltegravir. This could make the virus harder to treat.
If you forgot to take the medication, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you remember
a missed dose at the time of your next dose, omit the missed dose and take only your regularly
scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.