Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Videx, Videx EC
Generic Name: didanosine (Pronunciation: dye DAN oh seen)
What is didanosine (Videx, Videx EC)?
Didanosine is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.
Didanosine is used to treat HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Didanosine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
Didanosine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Didanosine 200 mg-BAR
capsule, green/white, imprinted with barr 200mg, 588
Didanosine 250 mg-BAR
capsule, blue/white, imprinted with barr 250mg, 589
Didanosine 400 mg-BAR
capsule, red/white, imprinted with barr 400mg, 590
Videx EC 250 mg
capsule, white, imprinted with BMS 250MG, 6673
Videx EC 400 mg
capsule, white, imprinted with BMS 400mg, 6674
What are the possible side effects of didanosine (Videx, Videx EC)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Didanosine may cause lactic acidosis (a build-up of lactic acid in the body, which can be fatal). Lactic acidosis can start slowly and get worse over time. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as:
Stop using didanosine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these other serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about didanosine (Videx, Videx EC)?
You should not use didanosine if you are allergic to it. Do not take didanosine together with allopurinol (Zyloprim) or ribavirin (Rebetol, Ribasphere, Copegus, Virazole).
Some people develop lactic acidosis while taking didanosine. Early symptoms may get worse over time and this condition can be fatal. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms such as: muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, fast or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or feeling very weak or tired.
Didanosine can also cause severe or life-threatening effects on your liver or pancreas. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms while taking didanosine: severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Do not take didanosine without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. Lactic acidosis or liver problems caused by didanosine can be very dangerous during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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