Basic Information on Isentress

When and How to Take Isentress

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • Isentress comes in regular tablet and chewable tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth twice daily. It also comes in powder form in single-dose packets to be mixed with water for children.


  • The regular tablets must be swallowed whole; the chewable tablets can be swallowed whole or chewed first.
  • For the powder form, each dose is mixed with 5 mL of water. After being mixed, it should be taken within 30 minutes.


  • You can take it with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Try to take it at the same times every day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions on taking this drug. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing a resistance to the drug, thereby making it less effective.

Dosing Information

The dose of Isentress your healthcare recommends may vary depending on other medications you may be taking. As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Isentress Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of this medication include, but are not limited to:
(Click Isentress Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Isentress for HIV/AIDS

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