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What is Didanosine used for?

Didanosine, also known as ddI, is an antiviral medication used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. This medicine prevents the multiplication of HIV cells in your body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Didanosine?

The dosage of Didanosine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Didanosine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Didanosine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Didanosine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Didanosine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Didanosine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Didanosine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Didanosine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Didanosine?

Like other medicines, Didanosine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Didanosine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Didanosine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Didanosine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Didanosine can cause side effects such as headache, diarrhea, muscle pain, stomach pain, and trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Didanosine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Didanosine?

Is it possible for me to take Didanosine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Didanosine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Didanosine?
How will Didanosine work in my body?
How should Didanosine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Didanosine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Didanosine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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