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Common Reactions to Raltegravir

Common Side Effects of Raltegravir

Clinical studies have not evaluated raltegravir alone for the treatment of HIV because it is only approved for use with other HIV medications. In fact, the information that is available on the potential side effects involves studies that used raltegravir plus other HIV medications. Therefore, it is difficult to know whether these side effects are due to raltegravir or the other HIV medications. In these studies, the most common side effects of raltegravir (plus other HIV medications) included:
  • Diarrhea -- in up to 16.6 percent of people
  • Nausea -- up to 9.9 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 9.7 percent
  • Fever -- up to 4.9 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 1 to 2 percent of people) included:
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness.

Final Thoughts on Side Effects of Raltegravir

You may experience some or none of the side effects of raltegravir listed in this article. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell whether any particular side effect (such as nausea) is actually caused by raltegravir or other factors. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of raltegravir, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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