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How Supplied


VIDEX® (didanosine, USP), also known as ddI, in combination with other antiretroviral agents is indicated for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 infection [see Clinical Studies].


VIDEX should be administered on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after eating.

Recommended Dosage (Adult And Pediatric Patients )

The preferred dosing frequency of VIDEX is twice daily because there is more evidence to support the effectiveness of this dosing regimen. Once-daily dosing should be considered only for patients whose management requires once-daily dosing of VIDEX [see Clinical Studies]. The recommended adult total daily dose is based on body weight (kg) (see Table 1).

Table 1: Recommended Dosage (Adult)

  at least 60 kg less than 60 kg
Preferred dosing 200 mg twice daily 125 mg twice daily
Dosing for patients whose management requires once-daily frequency 400 mg once daily 250 mg once daily

Pediatric Patients (2 weeks old to 18 years old)

The recommended dose of VIDEX (didanosine) in pediatric patients between 2 weeks old and 8 months old is 100 mg per m twice daily, and the recommended VIDEX dose for pediatric patients greater than 8 months old is 120 mg per m twice daily but not to exceed the adult dosing recommendation.

Dosing recommendations in patients less than 2 weeks of age cannot be made because the pharmacokinetics of didanosine in these children are too variable to determine an appropriate dose. There are no data on once-daily dosing of VIDEX in pediatric patients.

Renal Impairment
Adult Patients

In adult patients with impaired renal function, the dose of VIDEX should be adjusted to compensate for the slower rate of elimination. The recommended doses and dosing intervals of VIDEX in adult patients with renal insufficiency are presented in Table 2.

Table 2: Recommended Dos age in Patients with Renal Impairment

Creatinine Clearance (mL/min) Recommended VIDEX Dose by Patient Weight
at least 60 kg less than 60 kg
at least 60 200 mg twice dailya 125 mg twice dailya
30-59 200 mg once daily or 100 mg twice daily 150 mg once daily or 75 mg twice daily
10-29 150 mg o nc e daily 100 mg once daily
less than 10 100 mg once daily 75 mg once daily
a400 mg once daily (at least 60 kg) or 250 mg once daily (less than 60 kg) for patients whose management requires once-daily frequency of administration.

Pediatric Patients

Urinary excretion is also a major route of elimination of didanosine in pediatric patients, therefore the clearance of didanosine may be altered in pediatric patients with renal impairment. Although there are insufficient data to recommend a specific dose adjustment of VIDEX in this patient population, a reduction in the dose should be considered (see Table 2).

Patients Requiring Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) Or Hemodialysis

For patients requiring CAPD or hemodialysis, follow dosing recommendations for patients with creatinine clearance of less than 10 mL per min, shown in Table 2. It is not necessary to administer a supplemental dose of VIDEX following hemodialysis.

Dosage Adjustment

Concomitant Therapy With Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate

In patients who are also taking tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, a dose reduction of VIDEX to 250 mg (adults weighing at least 60 kg with creatinine clearance of at least 60 mL per min) or 200 mg (adults weighing less than 60 kg with creatinine clearance of at least 60 mL per min) once daily is recommended. VIDEX and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate may be taken together in the fasted state. Alternatively, if tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is taken with food, VIDEX should be taken on an empty stomach (at least 30 minutes before food or 2 hours after food). The appropriate dose of VIDEX coadministered with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in patients with creatinine clearance of less than 60 mL per min has not been established. ([See DRUG INTERACTIONS and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY]; see the complete prescribing information for VIDEX EC (enteric-coated formulation of didanosine) for results of drug interaction studies of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate with reduced doses of the entericcoated formulation of didanosine.)

Hepatic Impairment

No dose adjustment is required in patients with hepatic impairment [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Instructions For Reconstitution

Prior to dispensing, the pharmacist must reconstitute dry powder with Purified Water, USP, to an initial concentration of 20 mg per mL and immediately mix the resulting solution with antacid to a final concentration of 10 mg per mL as follows:

20 mg per mL Initial Solution

Reconstitute the product to 20 mg per mL by adding 100 mL or 200 mL of Purified Water, USP, to the 2 g or 4 g of VIDEX powder, respectively, in the product bottle.

10 mg per mL Final Admixture
  1. Immediately mix one part of the 20 mg per mL initial solution with one part of any commercially available antacid that contains as active ingredients aluminum hydroxide (400 mg per 5 mL), magnesium hydroxide (400 mg per 5 mL), and simethicone (40 mg per 5 mL) for a final dispensing concentration of 10 mg VIDEX per mL. For patient home use, the admixture should be dispensed in appropriately sized, flint-glass or plastic (HDPE, PET, or PETG) bottles with child-resistant closures.
  2. Instruct the patient to shake the admixture thoroughly prior to use and to store the tightly closed container in the refrigerator.

The bottles of powder should be stored at 59° F to 86° F (15° C to 30° C). The VIDEX admixture may be stored up to 30 days in a refrigerator, 36° F to 46° F (2° C to 8° C). Discard any unused portion after 30 days.


Dosage Forms And Strengths

VIDEX (didanosine, USP) Pediatric Powder for Oral Solution is supplied in 4- and 8-ounce glass bottles containing 2 g or 4 g of VIDEX, respectively.

Storage And Handling

VIDEX (didanosine, USP) Pediatric Powder for Oral Solution is supplied as shown in Table 15:

Table 15: VIDEX Pediatric Powder for Oral Solution

NDC NO. Packaging Information Product Quantity
0087-6632-41 One, 4-ounce glass, bottle per carton 2 g/bottle
0087-6633-41 One, 8-ounce glass, bottle per carton 4 g/bottle


The bottles of powder should be stored at 59° F to 86° F (15° C to 30° C). The VIDEX admixture may be stored up to 30 days in a refrigerator, 36° F to 46° F (2° C to 8° C). Discard any unused portion after 30 days.

Distributed by: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ 08543 USA. Revised: Aug 2015

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/20/2016

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