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Generic name: didanosine

Videx

Maker:
Bristol-Myers Squibb

What it does:
Helps prevent replication of HIV

Traditional dosage:
400 mg in enteric-coated capsules, once daily, for individuals weighing 132 pounds or more. 250 mg, once daily, for adults weighing less than 132 pounds. Take on an empty stomach, swallow capsules whole; do not chew, break, crush, or dissolve. A powder form may be mixed with water for children.

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Do not take with Lopurin or Zyloprim (used to treat gout and kidney stones), or hepatitis drugs (Copegus, Rebetol, RibaTab, Ribasphere). Use caution with methadone, ganciclovir, or any drugs that may cause toxicity to the pancreas or nervous system. If also taking Viread, reduce Videx EC dose.

Side effects:
Most serious: pancreatitis, buildup of lactic acid in blood, liver disorders, vision problems, immune system or body fat changes, peripheral neuropathy
Other: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain, skin rash

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.