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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

What Are The Pros And Cons Of DdI

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AIDS InfoNet

Didanosine (Videx, ddI)

... 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
Ask the Experts


I have been HIV+ since 2005. I started out with a T-cell count of 80. By 2006 the number had climbed into the low 200s but for the last year it has been hovering in the 230s with occasional spikes into the low to mid 300s. My ID doctor has been...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...are said to have lower than ideal CD4 count increases. Most of these reports are among persons who received tenofovir with ddI (Videx) and probably the result of ddI toxicity (in my view).Also, stay tuned to the upcoming CROI meeting-- there I... Read more »

Pros & Cons From Not Taking Medications

I have recently tested HIV positive. I take no medication. What are the pros & cons of continuing without medication. Can a person within their first year of HIV encounter significant medical issues, if so, what might they be? Currently my CD4...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The current threshold for recommending starting antiretroviral therapy in the US for asymptomatic patients is a CD4 count 100,000) then consideration is more often given to start ART at higher CD4 counts. Your HIV specialist is the best person to... Read more »

Pros ans cons of participating in clinical trial

Hello fom SpainI have the possibility of integrating a clinical trial that will compare truvada + viramune with truvada + reyataz for effectiveness, safety, and lipid alterations. I would like to know your opinion about this. I am treatment naive at...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...a clinical trial. On the pro side is the gift you give to increasing understanding about the virus and its treatment. In addition, the study may provide you with medications, labs and medical attention that can directly benefit you.On the con... Read more »

How long?

Hi, I am positvi since 1986, never had OI's although for years I stayed at 150 CD4. When the viral load test was introduced here, 94, i had about 2000-3000. I was then on DDI/D4T. In 1996 I added a PI, after 2 weeks my viral load went below 50. In...
Susan Little, M.D.

Response from Susan Little, M.D.

University of California San Diego
...always try to pick the best possible regimen when we know that there is a better choice available. You need to balance the pros of picking a better regimen with the cons of adjusting something that appears to be working fine for you. I cannot... Read more »

An Overview of Videx (Didanosine, ddI)

...BRN 3619529, CCRIS 805, Didanosina, Dideoxyinosine, HSDB 6548, ddI Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Didanosine, also known as ddI or Videx, is a type of antiretroviral drug called a nucleoside reverse transcriptase... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...control if they are sexually active while on efavirenz. Other ARVs that should be used with caution in pregnant women include didanosine [Videx] and stavudine [Zerit] together, which can lead to serious metabolic and liver conditions in women. ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Mitochondrial Toxicity

...gamma. When this happens, fewer new mitochondria are produced. The nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (AZT, 3TC, ddI, d4T, and abacavir) all inhibit pol gamma to some degree. MT is more likely to occur the longer you take these... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Transcurridos 40 minutos del accidente con la aguja, se inici un tratamiento con un inhibidor de proteasa, el indinavir, AZT, 3TC y ddI. Es un tratamiento un poco agresivo, pero este esquema de cuatro agentes se utiliz porque la paciente fuente... Read more »

Como lidiar con mis padres sin que sea tragico?

Posted by pozargie, 5 Replies
...a mis padres... mi mama sospecha que algo anda mal, supongo que es basicamente por mis cambios de humor y asiduas visitas a profesionales medicos. Mi padre reacciona hasta casi indiferente... pero me preocupa mi madre. No quiero causarles... Read more »

Un consejo: vayan con cuidado con su salud psicol

Posted by miedoso, 1 Reply
...ventana (los tres meses): QUE OLVIDEN EL TEMA Y LA MANERA DE HACERLO ES NO DNDOLE IMPORTANCIA. A mi, no hacerlo, me gener un problema de ansiedad, que se ha generalizado a muchos otros aspectos de la vida. El miedo a que se conociese mis... Read more »

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. Read more »