-ISENTRESS is an antiviral drug that works against human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV). This virus causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
HOW THE MEDICINE WORKS?
- Isentress prevents the effect of the enzyme HIV integrase that helps the virus to multiply in the cells in an organism.
- Isentress can lead to a reduction in the amount of HIV in the blood and an increase in the number of CD4 cells that are an important role in improving the functioning of the immune system.
- Isentress will not cure HIV infection.
HOW USE ISENTRESS?
- Isentress is used in the treatment of adult patients, adolescents, children, children from the age of 1 to the age of 3 years and infants aged four weeks and older who are infected with HIV.
BEFORE STARTING THE THERAPY, INFORM YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE:
• Bone diseases
• Liver disease
• Muscular disorders
• Skin disorders and allergic reactions
-HIV can be transmitted even while you are taking this medicine!
THE RECOMMENDATION IN PREGNANCY, LACTATION AND HANDLING VEHICLES:
• Women infected with HIV should not be breastfeeding
• Do not drive or operate machines if you feel dizzy after taking this medicine.
HOW IS ISENTRESS ADMINISTRATED?
- The recommended dose is one tablet (400 mg) twice daily, orally.
Children and adolescents:
-The recommended dose of Isentress is 400 mg orally, twice daily for adolescents and children, whose body weight is more than 25 kg. Lek Isentress is also available in the form of chewable tablets for use in children whose body weight is higher of 11 kg and in the form of granules for oral suspension for infants from over 4 weeks of age and children from 1 years up to 3 years old and older who have at least 3 kg but less than 20 kg.
- Do not exceed the 400 mg tablet, It is not recommended to chew, crush or break the tablets as this may change the level of the drug in your body.
- The drug can be taken regardless of the intake of food or drink.
If you suddenly stop taking Isentress
- Do not stop taking therapy.
- Take the medicine continuously as prescribed.
- It's very important not to stay without medication, even if it takes a short time due to the taking medicine can increase the amount of virus in your blood This can mean that the HIV virus is became resistant to Isentress.
WHAT SIDE EFFECTS YPOU CAN EXPERIENSE?
• Herpes infections, including herpes zoster
• Infection or inflammation
• A mental disorder such as attempted suicide
• Liver insufficiency
• Allergic reactions
• Kidney disorders
• Sleep problems, nightmares
• Headache, vertigo
• Diarrhea; gases nausea, vomiting
• Painful and swollen lymph nodes