Videx

(didanosine)

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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

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Videx (didanosine) is not a first-choice treatment for HIV because there are newer medications that work well and are easier to take. However, Videx (didanosine) can be an option if other HIV medications haven't worked for you.

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Quick facts about Videx
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (didanosine)

Upsides

  • Videx (didanosine) is available in pill or liquid form.
  • Videx (didanosine) can be used in children 2 weeks of age and older.
  • Videx (didanosine) can be taken either once or twice daily.
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Downsides

  • Videx (didanosine) cannot be taken by itself. It must be used with other HIV medications to treat HIV.
  • People commonly experience side effects such as diarrhea, nerve pain, and nausea when taking Videx (didanosine).
  • Videx (didanosine) should be used with caution if you have liver or kidney issues.
  • Videx (didanosine) shouldn't be taken with allopurinol or ribavirin. If you are taking these medicines, let your doctor know.
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How it works

Videx (didanosine) reduces HIV viral load by preventing the virus from replicating its DNA.

Quick facts about Videx
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (didanosine)

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Dosage forms

  • Delayed release Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Videx (didanosine) for HIV treatment

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve pain
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
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Side effect rates for Videx (didanosine)

From 258 clinical trials of Videx when taken for hiv treatment
  • Diarrhea
    56%56%
  • Nerve pain
    25%25%
  • Nausea
    24%24%
  • Headache
    22%22%
  • Rash
    14%14%
  • Vomiting
    14%14%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Videx.

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Risks and Warnings for Videx (didanosine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of pancreatic issues
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Concomitant use with Zerit (stavudine)
    • Kidney problems

    Serious, even deadly, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) has occurred during treatment with Videx (didanosine). Talk to your doctor right away if you have sudden pain in the upper abdomen that goes radiates to your back, a swollen and tender abdomen, nausea and vomiting, fever and a rapid pulse.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Videx (didanosine)

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Interactions
  • Videx (didanosine) can interact with many other medications and over-the-counter products. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting anything new. Interactions can reduce how well Videx (didanosine) works, or can cause more adverse reactions.
Kidneys and liver
  • Videx (didanosine) should be used with caution if you have liver or kidney issues.
Pain
  • Although rare, Videx (didanosine) can cause nerve pain in your hands and feet. You are at higher risk if you have a history of nerve pain, have advanced HIV, or are taking other medications that are also known to cause nerve pain. Talk to your doctor if you experience any unusual numbness, tingling, or pain in your legs, feet, arms, or hands.