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Didanosine

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: November 15, 2019

Didanosine, in combination with other antiretroviral drugs, is used for the treatment of HIV-1. It functions by inhibiting the growth of the virus. The medicine is to be administered orally. This medication must be taken on an empty stomach.

Your doctor will recommend you the dosage by discussing about your medical history and other factors. Serious adverse effects of the medicine include inflammation of the pancreas, liver disorders and build up of lactic acid in the body.

The possible side effects are anorexia, anemia, sialadenitis, thrombocytopenia, hyperglycaemia. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding must consult doctor before using this medication. Inform your doctor about your medical history, medications used and your allergies.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a HIV Specialist before using this medicine.

The drug is used to treat:

  • Hiv Infection

  • Hypersensitivity

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Consult your doctor before consuming alcohol.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Women who are pregnant must consult doctor before using this drug.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    In case of breastfeeding, you must consult the doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution should be used in patients with renal impairment.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    Missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is recommended to skip your missed dose, if it is the time for your next scheduled dose.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Consult your doctor in case of overdose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Didanosine as ingredient

Didanosine drug is used against HIV/AIDS. Its intracellular metabolism converts it into dideoxyadenosine triphosphate (ddATP) responsible for inhibiting HIV reverse transcriptase enzyme. The inhibitory action of ddATP competes with that of natural dATP. The drug terminates viral DNA growth by incorporating itself in the viral DNA.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease

    Disease

    Do not use this medication, if you suffer from liver disease, peripheral neuropathy, etc.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Medicine

    This drug interacts with Tenofovir, Allopurinol, Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, etc.

Ques: What is Didanosine?

Ans: It is used to treat patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Ques: How long do I need to use Didanosine before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: In most of the cases, the average time taken by this medication to reach its peak effect is around 1 day to 1 week. Please consult your doctor for the time period you need to use this medication.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Didanosine?

Ans: This medication is generally used once or twice a day. It is advised to consult your doctor before the usage, as the frequency also depends on the patient's condition.

Ques: Should I use Didanosine empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication is advised to be consumed orally. The salts involved in this medication react properly if it is taken after having food. If you take it on an empty stomach, it might upset the stomach. Please consult the doctor before using it.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Didanosine?

Ans: It should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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