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Raltegravir is typically prescribed in combination with other medications to treat HIV and AIDS. It comes in regular tablet and chewable tablet form and is typically taken twice a day. The medication works by preventing the HIV virus from multiplying. There is only one standard recommended dose of raltegravir, regardless of age, weight, or other medical conditions. Possible side effects include fever, headaches, and nausea.

What Is Raltegravir?

Raltegravir (Isentress®) is a prescription medication used as a treatment for HIV and AIDS. Raltegravir should always be used in combination with other HIV medications.
(Click What Is Raltegravir Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Raltegravir

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with raltegravir. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of raltegravir include, but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Raltegravir to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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