Didanosine is one of several drugs that is usually prescribed to help patients with HIV fight the spread of the disease. This medication works by slowing the rate at which the HIV virus replicates and spreads throughout the body.
This medication doesn’t protect against HIV-related infections and illnesses; it just stops the spread of the virus. Patients should not depend on this medication alone to keep them healthy once they develop HIV. It also does not protect against the spread of HIV, so patients should use condoms and other forms of protection if they have sex.
Some patients develop pancreatitis, a painful and often fatal inflammation of the pancreas, while on this medication. If you have severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or fever, get medical help right away.