What is Raltegravir?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Raltegravir is an integrase transfer inhibitor antiretroviral agent used in the treatment of HIV-1 infection in combination with other antiretroviral agents.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 145 52
Support immune health 6 3
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) 2 1
Increase effect of another treatment 2 2
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 1 1
Participate in clinical trial 1 1

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 6
Mild 9
None 41

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Raltegravir

Side effect Patients
Headaches 4
Diarrhea 2
Nausea 2
Agitation 1
Anxious mood 1
Chills 1

Show all 21 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Raltegravir

Dosage Patients
400 mg twice daily 4
800 mg daily 4
400 mg daily 2

Why patients stopped taking Raltegravir

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 11
Other 6
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently taking Raltegravir

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Raltegravir

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 41
Usually 11
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 18
Not specified 23

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Raltegravir after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Abacavir-lamivudine (Epzicom) 1
Efavirenz-Emtricitabine-Tenofovir (Atripla) 1
Stribild 1

Patients stopped taking Raltegravir and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Triumeq 3
Abacavir-lamivudine-zidovudine (Trizivir) 1
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9 patient evaluations for Raltegravir

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harleymc
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harleymc
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : none
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VL 19
I am: g
I have:
HIV

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Apr 26, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: still dosing once per day as per ID not as per prescription
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 22, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Still dosing 2 once per day with my Eviplera as per Dr's recomendations

Jul 18, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Mid July 2014 switched to 800 mg once per day dosing after advice from my ID doctor. previously I had been dosing 400mg twice daily. Once per day fits nicely with my Eviplera dosing. So I'm NOT following the manufacturers recommendations, I'm following my ID doctor's recomendation. The advice came after a cohort study done in Australian clinical settings found no differnce in clinical outcomes between the once a day dosage and the twice a day dosage.

Nov 12, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The only drawback I've found with this is that it is a twice daily dosing, but it is flexible around food/fasting. I've been on it several years (since before it was approved in Australia) and had no nasty side effects. I've only had a one off blip in my viral load.

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toyotaas
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toyotaas
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : mild
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VL 20
I am: g
I have:
HIV

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Aug 2, 2014 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Peripheral neuritis)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Gus_SD32
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Gus_SD32
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : none
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VL 10k
I am: g
I have:
HIV

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Aug 8, 2012 (Started Jun 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Chills, Headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Headaches, Chills

Jun 28, 2010 (Started Jun 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Chills, Headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: At the beginning I did not feel any strong secondary reactions. But by the end of the first week I started to feel more headaches and bone pain. Felt like getting a bad cold but it didn't really settle in. Second week, discomfort is lower and energy levels coming back again.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Headaches, Chills

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