Compare Emtriva vs. Videx

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Emtriva
(emtricitabine)

Videx
(didanosine or ddl)

Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line and commonly used drug that is taken in combination with other HIV medications to treat or prevent HIV.Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Within the Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) drug class, Videx can be a difficult drug to take. Videx has numerous serious side effects. It is also difficult taking Videx twice a day on an empty stomach.
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Side effects
EmtrivaVidex
  • Diarrhea 23%
  • Nasal stuffiness/runniness (rhinitis) 18%
  • Nausea 18%
  • Rash 17%
  • Physical weakness and/or lack of energy 16%
  • Increased cough 14%
  • Headache 13%
  • Vomiting 9%
  • Abdominal pain 8%
  • Sleep difficulty 7%
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How it works
EmtrivaVidex
Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI). It treats HIV by stopping the virus from replicating within cells in your immune system.Videx stops the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) within important cells of the body by preventing the virus from taking over normal functions of the cell for its own purposes.
Type of medication
EmtrivaVidex
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
EmtrivaVidex
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for
EmtrivaVidex
  • HIV Infection
Risk factors for serious side effects
EmtrivaVidex
  • Liver disease
  • Women
  • Obesity
  • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • HIV
  • Exposure to other infections
  • Start of a new HIV medication
  • Change in HIV therapy
  • HIV treatment
  • History of kidney damage
Detailed Emtriva (emtricitabine) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney problems
  • Use of stavudine, another HIV drug
  • Women
  • Use of stavudine, another HIV drug
  • Use of hydroxyurea, stavudine, and Videx together
  • Use of stavudine, another HIV drug
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
    • HIV treatment
    Detailed Videx (didanosine or ddl) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Food
    EmtrivaVidex
    • Taken with or without food once a day.
    • Emtriva (emtricitabine) should be taken at the same time everyday, with or without food.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    EmtrivaVidex
    • Patients with kidney damage will need to be closely monitored by their doctors in order to provide an appropriate dose.
    • The dose of Emtriva (emtricitabine) should be adjusted if you have poor kidney health. Your doctor will provide lab tests to ensure you are taking the appropriate dose. Be sure to attend your scheduled doctor and lab appointments in order to make sure that Emtriva (emtricitabine) is working well and safely for you.
    • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
    • Videx can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use Videx. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.
    Upsides and benefits
    EmtrivaVidex
    • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is a first-line drug option used in combination with other HIV medications to treat HIV.
    • Taken with or without food once a day.
    • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available in many combination tablets if you are looking to lower the number of pills you need to take daily for HIV treatment.
    • Emtriva (emtricitabine) is available as a capsule as well as liquid form.
    • The oral solution can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.
    • While Videx doesn’t cure HIV, it does reduce the number of viral copies being made in your blood, giving your healthy immune cells (CD4 cells) a better chance to do their job.
    Downsides and risks
    EmtrivaVidex
    • Patients with kidney damage will need to be closely monitored by their doctors in order to provide an appropriate dose.
    • Cannot be used by itself to treat or prevent HIV infection.
    • Must take on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before, or 2 hours after eating.
    • Take twice a day.
    • The amount of Videx you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
    • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
    • Can cause significant tingling in your hands or feet.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    EmtrivaVidex
    • Emtriva (emtricitabine) should be taken at the same time everyday, with or without food.
    • For missed doses, take one if you remember within 12 hours of your regularly scheduled time. Don't take extra medicine or double up if you've missed a previous dose.
    • Keep your regularly scheduled doctor's and lab appointments. These help ensure your medication is working well and safely.
    • Immediately report any signs of liver problems (jaundice, dark urine, yellowing of eyes, etc.) or sensitivity reactions (rash, fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, etc.) to your prescriber.
    • Talk with your doctor about all other medications you are taking since Videx interacts with many other drugs.
    • Work with your doctor to get regular blood tests. The goal is to make sure the drug is working well and safely.
    • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking Videx and report them to your doctor.
    • Read the Medication Guide given to you at the pharmacy about Videx since it contains helpful information.
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