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Are there any risks in taking Isentress?

People being treated with Isentress or other antiretroviral HIV medications have a greater risk of developing a condition called immune reconstitution syndrome. As their immune system improves due to antiretroviral treatment, some people experience overwhelming inflammatory response to previous opportunistic infections (such as tuberculosis, Pneumocystis pneumonia, Mycobacterium avium complex or cytomegalovirus) they have had in the past. Call your doctor if you experience symptoms of reconstitution syndrome, such as fever, chills, sore throat or cough. If you experience muscle weakness or cramps, you may be at risk for kidney damage. Although Isentress is meant to prevent HIV from spreading through the body, it cannot cure HIV or prevent you from transmitting it to other people. During Isentress treatment, HIV can still be spread through sexual contact, sharing needles or any other exposure to infected blood. Because the effects of Isentress on pregnant women are unknown, doctors do not recommend Isentress treatment for pregnant women. Isentress should also not be taken while breastfeeding.

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