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Important Info on Raltegravir

How Should It Be Stored?

Raltegravir should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tablets in an airtight container.
Keep raltegravir and all other medications out of the reach of children.

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose of Raltegravir?

It is very important that you not miss raltegravir doses. If you do not take your raltegravir as scheduled, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you are having trouble remembering to take your HIV medications.

How Does It Work?

Raltegravir is the first medication available in a group of HIV medications known as integrase inhibitors. These medicines work by blocking a process that the HIV virus needs in order to multiply.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. Like other viruses, it must use a person's own cells to reproduce. Once the virus makes copies of its DNA (its genetic material), it inserts the viral DNA into the DNA of the infected human cell. As a result, it can use the human cell's own machinery to make new copies of the virus.
Raltegravir inhibits an enzyme called integrase. Integrase is necessary for the viral DNA to be inserted into the human DNA. By inhibiting integrase, raltegravir helps to prevent the virus from making new copies of itself. However, it is important to remember that the drug is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

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