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Side Effects of Raltegravir

The most common side effects of raltegravir include nausea, headaches, and diarrhea. There are also several potentially serious side effects that should be reported to a healthcare provider right away, such any signs of an allergic reaction, kidney damage, or anemia. In most cases, however, raltegravir side effects are minor and easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.

Side Effects of Raltegravir: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with raltegravir (Isentress®). 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 are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with raltegravir. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of raltegravir side effects with you.)
 

Side Effects of Raltegravir to Report

Some side effects with raltegravir, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Anemia
  • Kidney damage
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Changes in the distribution of fat on your body (such as a "buffalo hump")
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as a rash, hives, itching, swelling of the mouth or throat, wheezing, or difficulty breathing.
     

Raltegravir Drug Information

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