Didanosine

(dye-DAN-oh-seen) 

Didanosine (Videx) is a medicine used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine does not cure the disease; it only slows down the progress of the disease.

It is available as a chewable tablet or a powder that is mixed with liquid. 

  • Do not stop giving this medication or change the dose without first talking to your child's doctor.
  • Tablets should be chewed, crushed or mixed with water. Tablets mixed in water must be taken within 1 hour of mixing.
  • Didanosine should be taken by your child on an empty stomach 30 minutes before, or 2 hours after, a meal. Do not mix with fruit juice or any other acidic drink.
  • Do not give any other medicine, prescription or over-the-counter (OTC), without first talking to your child's doctor.
  • It is important to keep regular doctor visits for your child so the effects of the medicine can be watched carefully.
  • Store pills / packets at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Store liquid medication in the refrigerator.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111, or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor right away.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your child's regular schedule. For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the health care provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Diarrhea (loose stools)
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Belly pain
  • Tingling of hands and feet
  • Headache
  • Problems breathing
  • Bruising
  • Severe diarrhea (loose stools)
  • Severe belly pain
  • Tingling of hands and feet

Last Updated 12/2013