Highlights for didanosine
didanosine Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- changes in vision
- nausea, vomiting, unusual stomach upset or pain
- tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dry mouth or eyes
- heartburn or gas
- loss of appetite
- muscle pain
- skin rash
- weight gain around waist, back, or thinning of face, arms, legs
didanosine May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with the following medications:
- zalcitabine, ddC
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- some antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, tetracycline
- stavudine, d4T
How to Use didanosine
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food. Do not take with food. Do not chew or crush. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. For your anti-HIV therapy to work as well as possible, take each dose exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine even if you feel better. Skipping doses may make the HIV virus resistant to this medicine and other medicines. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- if you frequently drink alcohol containing drinks
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- an unusual or allergic reaction to didanosine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.
HIV is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your doctor about how to stop the spread of HIV.
Do not treat severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting with over-the-counter medicines. Contact your doctor.
Alcohol can increase the risk of developing severe side effects when taken with this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What does the pill look like?
Videx EC, 400mg
Videx EC, 250mg
Videx EC, 200mg
Videx EC, 125mg
didanosine, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., 400mg
didanosine, Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc., 125mg
didanosine, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., 125mg
didanosine, Barr Laboratories Inc a Division of Teva USA, 400mg
didanosine, Barr Laboratories Inc a Division of Teva USA, 200mg
didanosine, Barr Laboratories Inc a Division of Teva USA, 250mg
didanosine, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., 250mg
Last Updated: June 22, 2009