Recommendations for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant Women with HIV Infection and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States

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Integrase Inhibitors

Raltegravir (Isentress, RAL)

Last Updated: December 7, 2018; Last Reviewed: December 7, 2018

Excerpt from Table 10

Excerpt from Table 10
Generic Name
Trade Name
Formulation Dosing Recommendationsa Use in Pregnancy
Isentress HD
RAL (Isentress)
Film-Coated Tablets:
  • 400 mg
Chewable Tablets:
  • 25 mg
  • 100 mg

RAL (Isentress HD)
Film-Coated Tablets:
  • 600 mg
Standard Adult Dose:
  • RAL 400-mg, film-coated tablets twice daily without regard to food
  • Two RAL 600-mg, film-coated tablets (1200 mg) once daily for ARV-naive patients or patients who are already virologically suppressed on an initial regimen of RAL 400 mg twice daily without regard to food
  • Chewable and oral suspension doses are not interchangeable with either film-coated tablets or each other
With Rifampin:
  • Two RAL 400-mg, film-coated tablets (800 mg) twice daily without regard to food

PK in Pregnancy:
  • Decreased drug concentrations in third trimester not of sufficient magnitude to warrant a change in dosing.

Dosing in Pregnancy:
  • No change in dose is indicated.
  • Once-daily dosing (i.e., two RAL 600-mg, film-coated tablets) should not be used in pregnant women until more information is available.
High placental transfer to fetus.b

No evidence of human teratogenicity (can rule out 1.5-fold increase in overall birth defects).

Case report of markedly elevated liver transaminases with RAL use in late pregnancy. Severe, potentially life-threatening, and fatal skin and HSRs have been reported in nonpregnant adults.

Chewable tablets contain phenylalanine.

To maximize RAL absorption, doses should not be administered within 2 hours of ingestion of any preparation containing minerals such as iron or calcium, including prenatal vitamins.

a Individual ARV drug doses may need to be adjusted in patients with renal or hepatic insufficiency (for details, see the Adult and Adolescent Guidelines, Appendix B, Table 8).
b Placental transfer categories are determined by mean or median cord blood/maternal delivery plasma drug ratio:
          High: >0.6
          Moderate: 0.3–0.6
          Low: <0.3

Key to Acronyms: ARV = antiretroviral; BIC = bictegravir; HSR = hypersensitivity reaction; PK = pharmacokinetic; RAL = raltegravir

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