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Didanosine Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Videx®; Videx® EC

Canadian Brand Names

Videx®; Videx® EC

Mexican Brand Names

Didasten; Videx EC

Pharmacologic Category

Antiretroviral Agent, Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (Nucleoside)

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine may cause irritation to the pancreas, damage to the liver, or change acid levels in the blood. Closely review the section in this leaflet which lists when to call healthcare provider. Pregnant females may be at a high risk of developing an increase in acid levels when taking stavudine and didanosine together. The combination should only be used in pregnant females when the benefit outweighs the risk.

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to didanosine or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Didanosine works to injure the virus and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

• Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

• Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Have a yearly eye exam.

• If you are pregnant and taking didanosine and stavudine, check blood work (liver function, acid levels). Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store capsules at room temperature.

• Protect capsules from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Store children's liquid (suspension) in a refrigerator. Throw away any unused portion after 30 days.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 11:58:04.0

Modified: 2010-04-07 12:49:51.0

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