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Some Useful Terms and What They Mean
CD4/T-Cells

Special blood cells that fight infection.

CD4/T-Cells Count

The number of CD4/T cells in a sample of blood.

A person without HIV-1 and in good health will usually have a CD4 count between 500 cells/mm3 and 1,600 cells/mm3. When someone with HIV-1 has a very low CD4 count (less than 200 cells/mm3), that’s one way to tell that the illness has progressed to AIDS.

Chronic

When a disease or ailment has been with you for a long time.

Clinical Study

Research that studies whether a treatment is safe and effective for people to use.

Drug-Drug Interaction

An unwanted interaction between medicines. It may cause one or more of the medicines to be less effective. It may also result in side effects that make you sick or become harmful.

Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C

A form of liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B or C virus. You can get Hep B or Hep C by having unprotected sex or sharing needles with an infected person. Hep B or Hep C can lead to permanent liver damage and even liver cancer.

HIV Regimen

A combination of HIV medicines.

Integrase Inhibitor

A type of HIV-1 medicine that blocks integrase, one of the enzymes that HIV needs to make copies of itself.

Liver Impairment

When the condition of your liver gets worse. You cannot live without your liver. It removes harmful chemicals from your blood. Fights infection. Helps you digest food. And stores nutrients, vitamins, and energy.

Opportunistic Infections

Happen when HIV-1 makes your immune system so weak that it has trouble fighting common infections.

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.

Triglycerides

A type of fat (lipid) found in your blood.

Undetectable Viral Load

When the amount of HIV-1 in your blood is so small that it barely appears on the lab test. This does not mean that your HIV-1 is "cured." It is still possible to pass the virus on to someone even if it is undetectable.

Viral Load

The amount of HIV-1 in your blood.

 
 

 
 

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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