Compare Emtriva vs. Videx

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Emtriva
(Emtricitabine)

Videx
(Didanosine Or Ddl)

Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. emtricitabine is currently one of the most popular drugs within the Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) drug class.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

We haven’t found good data for Emtriva side effects.

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How it works
EmtrivaVidex
emtricitabine 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.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
Coming soon.
Coming soon.Prescription only
Available as
EmtrivaVidex
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
EmtrivaVidex
  • HIV infection
  • HIV infection
Risk factors for serious side effects
EmtrivaVidex
  • Women
  • Obesity
  • Liver disease
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
    • HIV treatment
    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 category
      EmtrivaVidex
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      • Take with or without food once a day.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      • emtricitabine is removed from the body by the kidneys, so the dose of emtricitabine needs to be lowered if you have any kidney problems.
      • emtricitabine 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 emtricitabine. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.
      • The amount of Videx you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
      Upsides and benefits
      EmtrivaVidex
      • Take with or without food once a day.
      • emtricitabine can be taken as a capsule or liquid.
      • The emtricitabine oral solution can be stored for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
      • emtricitabine is contained in the following combination products: Atripla, Complera, Stribild, and Truvada.
      • 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
      • Can't be taken with any drugs containing lamivudine since both are so similar to each other.
      • emtricitabine is removed from the body by the kidneys, so the dose of emtricitabine needs to be lowered if you have any kidney problems.
      • Kids have a higher chance than adults of skin color changes on their hands and feet while taking emtricitabine.
      • 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
      • Since emtricitabine is only taken once a day, take it at the same time as your other HIV medications.
      • If being used for kids, the dose of emtricitabine will continue to change as they grow, so keep in touch with their doctor.
      • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking emtricitabine and report them to your doctor.
      • 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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