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Isentress (raltegravir) for HIV Infection: I have been POZ for 6 years. In the beginning nothing seemed to work and all the side effects destroyed my quality of life. Three years ago I argued with my doctor and told him I was tired of conventional therapy that only made me sick and allowed my viral load to slowly get worse. I had to somewhat stubbornly tell him I wanted Insentress along with Intelence and as a concession to him agreed to add Kaletra. My Viral load went undetectable in 90 days and has remained there all with zero sides.
Isentress (raltegravir) for HIV Infection: I've been taking Isentress for over 5yrs. I've been undetectable for approximately 3yrs. While my HIV seems to be under control, I'm finding some of the side effects are hindering my quality of life. I'm in pain every day. I've lost just about all of my body mass in the leg, arms and hip areas. I have extreme body fat in my stomach and abdominal region, also have an increase in fatty deposits in my uppermost back just below my neck. No matter how much weight I lose the stomach area remains the same. I'm a female who was once curvy and now I look deformed.
Isentress (raltegravir) for HIV Infection: I started Isentress twice a day along with Truvada once a day and my HIV Load was 28,000 and CD4% 31%. After 40 days my HIV load is <20 and CD 4% 32.7. Excellent improvement considering I have experienced ZERO side effects and all other lab work came out well. I am 49 yrs old and very active.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
raltegravir for HIV Infection: I am having a lot of headaches, usually morning and night, and am having a lot of weakness. I've also been nauseous and lightheaded. It's very frustrating but it's only been 2 weeks so I'm anxious to see if it gets better.
Isentress (raltegravir) for HIV Infection: So far, my experience has been a good one. This is my first time being on any medication and my biggest fear was the possible side effects. I have had a slight headache (once or twice), and dizzy a few times. I will take these side effects any day over some of the ones I've seen from other patients. Overall it has been a good experience!
Isentress (raltegravir) for HIV Infection: I had a horrible experience with Isentress. I felt lousy and developed fevers. Once the fevers started I began having trouble urinating. That progressed to not being able to urinate at all. I had to be seen in the ER to be catheterized. Once I stopped taking Isentress the fevers went away, the catheter was removed and I can urinate normally.
Isentress (raltegravir) for HIV Infection: I am so happy today because I was pregnant and it was 50/50 either my baby can also have it. I'm on my seventh month but with the help of my therapy I took the medicine seriously and now I have my baby and he is negative and I look good too. If I don't tell you am sick with HIV you will never know.
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