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Videx EC

Brand names: Videx EC, Videx EC
Drug class: nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (nrtis)

What is Videx EC?

Videxec is an antiviral medication that prevents the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying within your body.

Videx EC treats HIV, a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and AIDS. This medication is not a cure or treatment for HIV/AIDS.Videx EC can be used by adults and children over 2 weeks of age.Videx EC can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side-effects of Videx EC

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.

The mild symptoms of lactic acidosis can worsen over time. This condition is fatal. If you experience: unusual muscular pain; difficulty breathing; stomach pain; nausea or dizziness

Videx EC can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • You may experience tingling or numbness in your feet or hands.
  • Bloody or tarry stool, vomiting blood, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Vision changes
  • Signs of liver or pancreas disease include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, and dark urine.

Videx EC can affect your immune system and cause side effects. These may occur even weeks or months after taking Videx EC. Inform your doctor of:

  • Signs of an infection: fever, sweats at night, swollen lymph glands, colds, sores, coughing, wheezing, and diarrhea.
  • If you have difficulty speaking or swallowing, have problems with balance, eye movements, or weakness, or feel prickly, then it could be a sign of a problem.
  • Impotence, menstrual changes, swelling of the neck or throat (enlarged thyroid)

Some of the common side effects associated with Videx EC include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and  stomach pain;
  • Rash;
  • Headache
  • Changes in the shape or location (especially of your arms, legs, and breasts), as well as changes in your body fat.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

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Videx EC should not be taken with allopurinol or ribavirin.You could develop lactic acidosis. This is a dangerous buildup of lactic acid in your blood. If you experience unusual muscle pains, difficulty breathing, stomach pains, dizziness, or feel cold or very tired, call your doctor.

This medication can cause serious or even life-threatening effects on your liver or pancreas. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience: severe stomach pain (which may spread up your back), nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, or clay-coloured stool.

Before you take this drug

Videx EC should not be used if you have an allergy to it. Do not take this medication with allopurinol or ribavirin.

Tell your doctor if any of the following apply to you:

  • Pancreatitis or liver disease (Videx EC may cause serious or even life-threatening effects on your liver or pancreas).
  • Kidney disease (or dialysis if you have it);
  • Raynaud syndrome, or similar numbness and tingling of the hands or feet.
  • If you consume large quantities of alcohol,

Lactic acidosis is a potentially dangerous condition that occurs when lactic acids build up in the blood. It may be more common if there are other medical conditions or you've been taking HIV medication for some time. Consult your doctor to determine your risk.

Use your medication properly to control infections. HIV can be transmitted to your child if you do not control the virus during pregnancy. You may have your name listed in a registry that tracks the effects of antiviral medicines on the baby.

Do not combine Videx EC and stavudine if you are pregnant.Breastfeeding is not recommended for women with HIV/AIDS. Even if the baby was born HIV-free, the virus can be transmitted to the infant through your breast milk.

How to take Videx EC?

Read all instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all directions. Follow the directions on the label.Take Videx EC with an empty stomach at least 30 minutes prior to or two hours after a meal. Take Videx EC without food.

Before measuring a dose, shake the orally suspended liquid. Use the provided dosing device or a dose-measuring tool (not a spoon).Do not open, crush, chew, or break the capsule.Read all the instructions and medication guides that you receive. Do not alter your dosage or schedule without consulting your doctor. Each person living with HIV should be under the care and supervision of a physician.You may need to undergo frequent medical testing. Your vision should be checked regularly.

Keep the tablet and capsule in a tightly closed container at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.Keep the liquid cool. Videx EC liquid older than 30 days should be thrown away.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are almost due for your next dose, skip the missed one. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

Avoid this

Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can increase the risk of liver disease or pancreatitis.Use antacids only with your doctor's approval while taking Videx EC. Only use the antacids that your doctor has prescribed.

Videx EC does not stop the spread of your illness. Share razors and toothbrushes. Speak to your doctor about the best ways to prevent HIV from being transmitted during sex. Even healthy people should never share syringes for drugs or medicines.

Interaction with other drug

Videx EC should not be taken with certain HIV medications or antibiotics. These medicines may affect the level of didanosine in your bloodstream.

  • Take Ciprofloxacin at least two hours before or six hours after taking Videx EC.
  • Take Delavirdine or Indinavir for at least one hour before taking Videx EC.
  • Take Nelfinavir at least one hour after taking Videx EC.
  • Take itraconazole and ketoconazole at least 2 hours prior to taking Videx EC.

Some drugs may interact with Videx EC and should not be taken together. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking and those that you have stopped using. Included are prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. This list does not include all possible interactions.



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