Dolutegravir - Information on Uses and Side Effects

Dolutegravir is a medication used in the treatment of HIV infection. It belongs to the class of drugs known as integrase inhibitors, which work by blocking the action of an enzyme called integrase that the HIV virus needs to multiply.
Category
Drug
Where to get
Prescription medication available at pharmacies
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Dolutegravir FAQ

Why is dolutegravir prescribed?

Why is this medication prescribed? Dolutegravir is used with other medications to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults and children 4 weeks of age and older who weigh at least 6.6 lbs (3 kg).

What are the side effects of dolutegravir?

liver problems--nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). Dolutegravir affects your immune system, which may cause certain side effects (even weeks or months after you've taken this medicine).

Does age affect the effects of dolutegravir?

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of dolutegravir in children younger than 4 weeks of age or weighing less than 3 kilograms (kg). Safety and efficacy have not been established. Use of dolutegravir tablet is not recommended in children weighing 3 to 14 kg.

What if I am allergic to dolutegravir?

tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to dolutegravir, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in dolutegravir tablets. Ask your pharmacist or check the manufacturer's patient information for a list of the ingredients. tell your doctor if you are taking dofetilide (Tikosyn).

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