Didanosine and Alcohol / Food Interactions
There are 3 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with didanosine which include:
didanosine ↔ food
Moderate Food Interaction
Food decreases the levels of didanosine in your body. Take didanosine on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after a meal. This will make it easier for your body to absorb the medication. Do not crush, chew, break, or open a delayed-release capsule (Videx EC). Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking or opening the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
High Cholesterol (Hyperlipoproteinemia, Hypertriglyceridemia, Sitosterolemia)
Severe Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility
NRTIs - pancreatitis
The reverse transcriptase inhibitors, didanosine (ddI), zalcitabine (ddC), stavudine (d4T) and lamivudine (3TC), may cause pancreatitis. The incidence is generally low but is approximately 7% with ddI, and up to 15% in pediatric patients given 3TC. Patients with a history of or known risk factors for pancreatitis, such as alcohol abuse or hypertriglyceridemia, should be monitored closely during therapy with these agents. Therapy should be discontinued at the first signs or symptoms suggestive of pancreatitis (e.g., nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, hyperamylasemia with dysglycemia, rising triglycerides, decreasing serum calcium), and preferably permanently discontinued if clinical pancreatitis develops.
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility
ddI - sodium
Didanosine (ddI) formulations have a high sodium content. There are 265 mg of sodium per tablet and 1380 mg per packet of powder for oral solution, which may be of concern in patients with conditions that may be adversely affected by excessive amounts of sodium, such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, and fluid retention. Each tablet also contains 8.6 mEq of magnesium. Patients with significant renal impairment may not tolerate these loads.
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didanosine drug Interactions
There are 288 drug interactions with didanosine
didanosine disease Interactions
There are 8 disease interactions with didanosine which include:
- Renal Dysfunction
- Bone Marrow Suppression
- Peripheral Neuropathy
Drug Interaction Classification
The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
|Major||Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderate||Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minor||Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.
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