Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These
factors may affect how you should take this medication.
Immune reconstitution syndrome: This medication may cause immune reconstitution syndrome, where signs and symptoms of inflammation from previous infections appear. These symptoms occur soon after starting anti-HIV medication and can vary. They are
thought to occur as a result of the immune system improving and being able to fight infections (e.g., pneumonia, herpes, or tuberculosis) that have been present without symptoms . Report any new symptoms to your doctor immediately.
Muscle pain: Occasionally, raltegravir causes breakdown of muscle tissues, which can be fatal. Report any symptoms of severe, unexplained muscle pain to your doctor as soon as possible.
Pregnancy: There are no studies evaluating the use of this medication by pregnant women. This medication is not recommended during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. However, breast-feeding is not recommended for HIV-positive women since the virus can be passsed to the baby through breast milk.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 16 years old.