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A healthcare provider may prescribe didanosine to treat HIV infection and AIDS. The drug works by preventing the HIV virus from altering its genetic material, which stops the HIV virus from multiplying. The medication comes in the form of delayed-release capsules and as an oral solution. Your didanosine dosage will be based on several factors, such as your age, weight, other medications you are taking, and other existing medical conditions.

What Is Didanosine?

Didanosine (Videx®) is a prescription AIDS and HIV medication. It is approved for use only in combination with other medications for the treatment of HIV.
(Click What Is Didanosine Used For? for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Didanosine

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with didanosine. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of didanosine include, but are not limited to:
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve problems, such as unusual sensations (like burning or numbness)
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain).
(Click Side Effects of Didanosine to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Didanosine -- HIV Drug Information

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