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Clinical Trials Experience in Pediatric Patients

In clinical trials, 743 pediatric patients between 2 weeks and 18 years of age have been treated with didanosine. Adverse reactions and laboratory abnormalities reported to occur in these patients were generally consistent with the safety profile of didanosine in adults.

In pediatric phase 1 studies, pancreatitis occurred in 2 of 60 (3%) patients treated at entry doses below 300 mg/m2 /day and in 5 of 38 (13%) patients treated at higher doses. In study ACTG 152, pancreatitis occurred in none of the 281 pediatric patients who received didanosine 120 mg/m2 every 12 hours and in less than 1% of the 274 pediatric patients who received didanosine 90 mg/m2 every 12 hours in combination with zidovudine [see Clinical Studies (14) ].

Retinal changes and optic neuritis have been reported in pediatric patients.

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of didanosine. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. These reactions have been chosen for inclusion due to their seriousness, frequency of reporting, causal connection to VIDEX EC, or a combination of these factors.

Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders — anemia, leukopenia, and thrombocytopenia.

Body as a Whole — abdominal pain, alopecia, anaphylactoid reaction, asthenia, chills/fever, pain.

Digestive Disorders — anorexia, dyspepsia, and flatulence.

Exocrine Gland Disorders – pancreatitis (including fatal cases) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)], sialoadenitis, parotid gland enlargement, dry mouth, and dry eyes.

Hepatobiliary Disorders – symptomatic hyperlactatemia/lactic acidosis and hepatic steatosis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]; non-cirrhotic portal hypertension [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]; hepatitis and liver failure.

Metabolic Disorders – diabetes mellitus, elevated serum alkaline phosphatase level, elevated serum amylase level, elevated serum gamma-glutamyltransferase level, elevated serum uric acid level, hypoglycemia, and hyperglycemia.

Musculoskeletal Disorders – myalgia (with or without increases in creatine kinase), rhabdomyolysis including acute renal failure and hemodialysis, arthralgia, and myopathy.

Ophthalmologic Disorders – retinal depigmentation and optic neuritis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].


7.1 Established Drug Interactions

Clinical recommendations based on the results of drug interaction studies are listed in Table 5. Pharmacokinetic results of drug interaction studies are shown in Tables 912 [see Contraindications (4), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Table 5: Established Drug Interactions Based on Studies with VIDEX EC or Studies with Buffered Formulations of Didanosine and Expected to Occur with VIDEX EC
Drug Effect Clinical Comment
↑ Indicates increase.↓ Indicates decrease.a Coadministration of didanosine with food decreases didanosine concentrations. Thus, although not studied, it is possible that coadministration with heavier meals could reduce didanosine concentrations further.


↑ didanosine concentration

If there is no suitable alternative to ganciclovir, then use in combination with VIDEX EC with caution. Monitor for didanosine-associated toxicity.


↓ didanosine concentration

If coadministration of methadone and didanosine is necessary, the recommended formulation of didanosine is VIDEX EC. Patients should be closely monitored for adequate clinical response when VIDEX EC is coadministered with methadone, including monitoring for changes in HIV RNA viral load. Do not coadminister methadone with VIDEX pediatric powder due to significant decreases in didanosine concentrations.


No interaction 1 hour after didanosine

Administer nelfinavir 1 hour after VIDEX EC.

tenofovir disoproxil fumarate

↑ didanosine concentration

A dose reduction of VIDEX EC to the following dosage once daily taken together with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and a light meal (400 kilocalories or less and 20% fat or less) or in the fasted state is recommended.a

  • 250 mg (adults weighing at least 60 kg with creatinine clearance of at least 60 mL/min)
  • 200 mg (adults weighing less than 60 kg with creatinine clearance of at least 60 mL/min)

Patients should be monitored for didanosine-associated toxicities and clinical response.

Exposure to didanosine is increased when coadministered with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate [Table 5 and see Clinical Pharmacokinetics (12.3, Tables 9 and 10)]. Increased exposure may cause or worsen didanosine-related clinical toxicities, including pancreatitis, symptomatic hyperlactatemia/lactic acidosis, and peripheral neuropathy. Coadministration of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate with VIDEX EC should be undertaken with caution, and patients should be monitored closely for didanosine-related toxicities and clinical response. VIDEX EC should be suspended if signs or symptoms of pancreatitis, symptomatic hyperlactatemia, or lactic acidosis develop [see Dosage and Administration (2.3), Warnings and Precautions (5)]. Suppression of CD4 cell counts has been observed in patients receiving tenofovir disoproxil fumarate with didanosine at a dose of 400 mg daily.

7.2 Predicted Drug Interactions

Predicted drug interactions with VIDEX EC are listed in Table 6.

Table 6: Predicted Drug Interactions with VIDEX EC
Drug or Drug Class Effect Clinical Comment
↑ Indicates increase.a Only if other drugs are not available and if clearly indicated. If treatment with life-sustaining drugs that cause pancreatic toxicity is required, suspension of VIDEX EC is recommended [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].b [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6) ].

Drugs that may cause pancreatic toxicity

↑ risk of pancreatitis

Use only with extreme caution.a

Neurotoxic drugs

↑ risk of neuropathy

Use with caution.b


↑ risk of pancreatitis,fatal hepatotoxicity, andsevere peripheral neuropathy

Use should be avoided.

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