Videx review

Videx is an antiviral medication used to help treat patients who are HIV positive. It is aimed at preventing the HIV virus from reproducing while in the body. Videx is not a cure for HIV, and precautionary behaviors are still necessary even while undergoing drug therapy with this medication. Videx is a member of the family of HIV drugs known as reverse transriptase inhibitors.

Videx is associated with causing a condition known as lactic acidosis. This medication should be immediately ceased and medical care should be sought is the patient develops even mild symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, trouble breathing, muscle pain, muscle weakness, fast heart rate, uneven heart rate, and numbness or cold in the extremities.

Videx should never be prescribed without first assessing a thorough medical history. Patients with a medical history which includes gout, kidney disease, liver disease, pancreatitis, or peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling of the extremities) may require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with this medication or may not be able to take it at all, depending on the condition and the severity of the condition.

Videx carries a risk of side effects, some of which can be possibly severe. Severe side effects and allergic reactions experienced by patients on Videx require immediate medical assessment. Allergic reactions present with symptoms which include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the throat, mouth, tongue, or lips. Other severe side effects requiring medical assessment include vision problems, a feeling of numbness or tingling of the extremities, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, symptoms of liver damage (jaundice, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, dark urine, loss of appetite, clay colored stools), symptoms of pancreatitis (pain in the upper abdomen which spreads to the back, nausea, vomiting, fast heart rate), and symptoms of lactic acidosis (trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain and weakness, fast heart rate, uneven heart rate, and numb or cold extremities).

Other less serious side effects do not require medical assessment but should be reported to the prescribing physician. Less serious side effects are commonly experienced as headache, skin rash, changes in the body’s fat content and location, mild stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Videx is known to cause drug interactions when taken with other medications. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician before taking any new medications, including over the counter medications and herbal remedies, to avoid these potential interactions. Medications known to cause drug interactions include antibiotics, tenofovir, stavudine, ribavirin, ritonavir, methadone, ganciclovir, and allopurinol.

Occasionally a patient may miss a scheduled dose of their medication. Should this happen, the dose should simply be taken as soon as it is remembered unless it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, in which case the missed dose can simply be skipped. Taking doses too close together or taking a double dose to make up for missed medication may lead to an overdose. Overdosing requires immediate medical assessment. An overdose may present with symptoms which include numbness, tingling, joint pain, abdominal pain that radiates to the back, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fast heart rate, low fever, fast heart rate, clay colored stools, dark urine, and jaundice.

Videx is not a cure for HIV or AIDS and patients who engage in risky behaviors can still spread the virus to others despite treatment. Patients should be encouraged to use safe sexual practices and avoid sharing needles.

Videx has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of videx

• Molecular formula of videx is C10H12N4O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 9-[5-(hydroxymethyl)oxolan-2-yl]-3H-purin-6-one
• Molecular weight is 236.227 g/mol
Videx available : 100mg tablets, 167mg tablets, 250mg tablets, 2gm solution 100ml bottle, 4gm solution 200ml bottle

Generic name: Didanosine

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