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How Long Does DdI Take To Work

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Didanosine (Videx, ddI)

Table of Contents What Is Didanosine? Who Should Take Didanosine? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Didanosine Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Didanosine React With Other Drugs? What Is Didanosine? ddI (Videx) is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb and by Barr Laboratories. Didanosine is also known as ddI or dideoxyinosine. Generic versions have been...
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Slow DDI drinker-is that a problem?

Hello, and thanks for the good advice and support! I cannot stand to chew Videx and I hate the taste of it. So I dissolve it in water (four 100 mg once a day, at around midnight)and drink it very slowly because I still do not find it a very...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Hey Panos - greetings to Greece.DdI should be pretty stable after mixed in water - I have not heard anything about the need to drink it quickly so you should be fine with what you are doing. If it helps in the old days we were given advice from the... Read more »

DDI and Eating Problems?

I have been on a combination therapy which includes DDI for approximately 4 months. I have experienced difficulty in swallowing and eating since beginning the regimen. I have lost close to 30 pounds in the last 4 months. I have heard that DDI can...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
It's hard to answer with out more data, however DDI usually does not cause swallowing problems. It usually causes diarrhea. What do you mean it is working well? I assume that it is lowering the HIV viral load. Swallowing problems should be... Read more »

Change from AZT to DDI (1)

Dear Doctor ConwayThanks so much for your advice.May I ask another query? To replace AZT 200 mg twice a day, how is about dose of DDI?My height and weight are 169 cms and 57 kgs, respectively.Your immediate attention would be highly...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
As long as your kidney function is normal, a person of your weight should receive 250 mg once a day. The cut-off weight for reducing the daily dose of Videx from 400 to 250 mg/day is 60 kg.... Read more »

DDI Videx EC

Hello, Does Videx EC along with Sustiva and Epivir contribute to facial wasting? I switched from Zerit to Videx EC 9 months ago. Should I continue to take Videx EC or switch to another med to regain facial fat? Thanks! Mark...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is not much published information on the rate of facial wasting with a Videx EC, Epivir, Sustiva combination (nor on the specific contribution of Videx EC). Aging, good immune recovery, long term survival with HIV--those factors an also... Read more »
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taking ddi

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Taking ddi (Videx)? Do you drink alcohol? My Dr. says I should
have no alcohol as it increases the risk of getting pancreatitis.
I continue to have one beer or one gin and tonic after work and
figure I... Read more »

My partner was put on DDI

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi, My partner is HIV+ and has recently been put onto DDI and
AZT. I think, as a consequence, has become one of the most
unfriendly, annoying people in the world. Is this common, have
other people gone through this and come out the other side? I
need... Read more »

How long should I wait for testing to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
My girlfriend watched a video in school saying that it could take ten years, while testing every five months, to determine if you have AID's. Is there any truth to that? Read more »

RE:how long meds work

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi pals. I was wondering if anyone on the regimen: Viracept+Combivir has any idea how good this regimen is. I want to know what's the average period of time some of you have been on these meds for. I've been taking them for about 7 months and on... Read more »