Compare Zerit vs. Videx

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Zerit
(Stavudine)

Videx
(Didanosine Or Ddl)

Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Within the Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) drug class, stavudine can be a difficult drug to take. stavudine has numerous serious side effects and probably won't be your first choice.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
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How it works
ZeritVidex
stavudine 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
ZeritVidex
Coming soon.
Coming soon.Prescription only
Available as
ZeritVidex
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
ZeritVidex
  • HIV infection
  • HIV infection
Risk factors for serious side effects
ZeritVidex
      • Use of hydroxyurea, didanosine, and stavudine together
        • HIV
        • Exposure to other infections
        • Start of a new HIV medication
        • Change in HIV therapy
        • HIV treatment
        Detailed Zerit (Stavudine) 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
          ZeritVidex
          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          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.
          No specific food-related info.
          Kidneys and liver
          • The amount of stavudine you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
          • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
          • stavudine 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 stavudine. 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
          • The amount of stavudine you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
          • The amount of Videx you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
          Upsides and benefits
          ZeritVidex
          • stavudine is provided as both capsules and an oral solution.
          • Take with or without food.
          • Can be used by patients on dialysis.
          • While stavudine 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.
          • 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
          ZeritVidex
          • Must take twice a day, every 12 hours.
          • The amount of stavudine you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
          • Interacts with many different medications.
          • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
          • Can cause significant tingling in your hands or feet.
          • 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
          ZeritVidex
          • Set a timer on your phone to make sure you don't forget to take stavudine at the right time.
          • Talk with your doctor about all other medications you are taking since stavudine interacts with many other drugs.
          • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking stavudine and report them to your doctor.
          • Work with your doctor to get regular blood tests. The goal is to make sure the drug is working well and safely.
          • Talk with your doctor about all other medications you are taking since Videx interacts with many other drugs.
          • 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.
          • Work with your doctor to get regular blood tests. The goal is to make sure the drug is working well and safely.
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