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What is ISENTRESS?

ISENTRESS is a prescription medicine used with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in people 4 weeks of age and older. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

 
How does ISENTRESS work?

ISENTRESS is a type of HIV-1 medicine known as an integrase inhibitor. A type of HIV-1 medicine that blocks integrase, one of the enzymes that HIV needs to make copies of itself.X Integrase inhibitors block the enzyme integrase, which is one of the enzymes that HIV-1 needs to make copies of itself. ISENTRESS, when used with other HIV-1 medicines, may reduce the amount of HIV-1 in your blood.

 
Who should not take ISENTRESS?

It is not known if ISENTRESS is safe and effective in babies under 4 weeks of age. ISENTRESS is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed if you take ISENTRESS.

Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions. This includes if you have any allergies, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

 
What are the possible side effects of ISENTRESS?

The most common side effects When a medicine has a different effect on you than it was meant to have. Side effects can be unpleasant. They can make it hard for you to do your daily activities. X of ISENTRESS are trouble sleeping, headache, dizziness, nausea, and tiredness.

Less common side effects include: depression, hepatitis, genital herpes, herpes zoster including shingles, kidney failure, kidney stones, indigestion or stomach area pain, vomiting, suicidal thoughts and actions, and weakness.

 
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ISENTRESS?

If you have liver problems or phenylketonuria (PKU). ISENTRESS chewable tablets contain phenylalanine as part of the artificial sweetener, aspartame. The artificial sweetener may be harmful to people with PKU

If you have a history of a muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis or myopathy or increased levels of creatine kinase in your blood

If you receive kidney dialysis treatment

About all your medical conditions. This includes if you have any allergies, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. ISENTRESS is not recommended for use during pregnancy

About all the medicines you take. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements

 
Can I take ISENTRESS with other medicines?

Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider.

ISENTRESS may be used with a wide range of non-HIV medicines, either prescribed or over-the-counter.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines interact with ISENTRESS. Keep a list of your medicines to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist.

 
 
Can I take ISENTRESS if I’m pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant?

ISENTRESS is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed if you take ISENTRESS. Women with HIV-1 should not breastfeed because their babies could be infected with HIV-1 through their breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby.

 
How should I take ISENTRESS?

Take ISENTRESS exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Remember to:

Take it twice a day

Take it by mouth. Film-coated tablets must be swallowed whole

Take it with or without food

 
How do I store ISENTRESS?

Store it at room temperature (68°F to 77°F). ISENTRESS does not need to be refrigerated.

 
Do I need to take ISENTRESS with food?

You can take ISENTRESS with or without food.

 
What else should I know?

Do not run out of ISENTRESS. The virus in your blood may increase and the virus may become harder to treat. Get a refill from your healthcare provider or pharmacy before you run out.

If you take too much ISENTRESS, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

 
What should I do if I need help paying for ISENTRESS?

Learn more about our savings offer.

 
Is there information that can help me manage my HIV-1 treatment?

Yes! Sign up for the Step By Step Program to get helpful info and special offers by email. Check out our Tools and Resources for additional info and assistance.

 
 

 
 

WHAT IS ISENTRESS

ISENTRESS is a prescription HIV medicine used with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in people 4 weeks of age and older. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

It is not known if ISENTRESS is safe and effective in babies under 4 weeks of age.

 
 
 

IMPORTANT

SAFETY INFORMATION

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Some people who take ISENTRESS develop serious skin reactions and allergic reactions that can be severe, and may be life-threatening or lead to death. If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop using ISENTRESS and call your healthcare provider right away: fever; generally ill feeling; extreme tiredness; muscle or joint aches; blisters or sores in mouth; blisters or peeling of skin; redness or swelling of the eyes; swelling of the mouth, lips, or face; problems breathing.

Sometimes allergic reactions can affect body organs, such as your liver. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of liver problems: yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes; dark or tea-colored urine; pale-colored stools (bowel movements); nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area.

Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV-1 medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your doctor right away if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV-1 medicine.

People taking ISENTRESS may still develop infections or other conditions associated with HIV-1 infections.

The most common side effects of ISENTRESS include: trouble sleeping, headache, dizziness, nausea, and tiredness. Less common side effects include: depression, hepatitis, genital herpes, herpes zoster including shingles, kidney failure, kidney stones, indigestion or stomach area pain, vomiting, suicidal thoughts and actions, and weakness.

Tell your healthcare provider before you take ISENTRESS if you have a history of a muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis or myopathy or increased levels of creatine kinase in your blood.

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness while taking ISENTRESS. These may be signs of a rare serious muscle problem that can lead to kidney problems.

These are not all the possible side effects of ISENTRESS. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you have any allergies, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. ISENTRESS is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed if you take ISENTRESS. Women with HIV should not breastfeed because their babies could be infected with HIV through their breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines interact with ISENTRESS. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take ISENTRESS with those other medicines.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the accompanying Patient Information and Instructions for Use for ISENTRESS and discuss them with your doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.

Having trouble paying for your Merck medicine? Merck may be able to help. www.merckhelps.com

Brands mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.


 

WHAT IS ISENTRESS 

ISENTRESS is a prescription HIV medicine used with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human

ISENTRESS is a prescription HIV medicine used with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in people 4 weeks of age and older. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency

ISENTRESS is a prescription HIV medicine used with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in people 4 weeks of age and older. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

It is not known if ISENTRESS is safe and effective in babies under 4 weeks of age.

 
 

IMPORTANT

 

SAFETY INFORMATION

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION  

Some people who take ISENTRESS develop serious skin reactions and allergic reactions that can be

Some people who take ISENTRESS develop serious skin reactions and allergic reactions that can be severe, and may be life-threatening or lead to death. If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop using ISENTRESS and

Some people who take ISENTRESS develop serious skin reactions and allergic reactions that can be severe, and may be life-threatening or lead to death. If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop using ISENTRESS and call your healthcare provider right away: fever; generally ill feeling; extreme tiredness; muscle or joint aches; blisters or sores in mouth; blisters or peeling of skin; redness or swelling of the eyes; swelling of the mouth, lips, or face; problems breathing.

Sometimes allergic reactions can affect body organs, such as your liver. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of liver problems: yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes; dark or tea-colored urine; pale-colored stools (bowel movements); nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area.

Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV-1 medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your doctor right away if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV-1 medicine.

People taking ISENTRESS may still develop infections or other conditions associated with HIV-1 infections.

The most common side effects of ISENTRESS include: trouble sleeping, headache, dizziness, nausea, and tiredness. Less common side effects include: depression, hepatitis, genital herpes, herpes zoster including shingles, kidney failure, kidney stones, indigestion or stomach area pain, vomiting, suicidal thoughts and actions, and weakness.

Tell your healthcare provider before you take ISENTRESS if you have a history of a muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis or myopathy or increased levels of creatine kinase in your blood.

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness while taking ISENTRESS. These may be signs of a rare serious muscle problem that can lead to kidney problems.

These are not all the possible side effects of ISENTRESS. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you have any allergies, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. ISENTRESS is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed if you take ISENTRESS. Women with HIV should not breastfeed because their babies could be infected with HIV through their breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines interact with ISENTRESS. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take ISENTRESS with those other medicines.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the accompanying Patient Information and Instructions for Use for ISENTRESS and discuss them with your doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.

Having trouble paying for your Merck medicine? Merck may be able to help. www.merckhelps.com

Brands mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.


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