Remdesivir is an antiviral medication that was first developed to treat hepatitis C and Ebola. It has been made as a potential treatment for COVID-19.
How Does Remdesivir Work?
Remdesivir is a medication that is used to treat COVID-19, a coronavirus infection. Remdesivir is given once a day for 5 to 10 days by injection into a vein. It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to infuse. Remdesivir belongs to the antiviral drug class. It functions by preventing the virus from spreading throughout the body.
Remdesivir injection might cause substantial side effects both during and after the infusion. While you are receiving the drug, a doctor or nurse will keep a close eye on you. If you experience any of the following symptoms during or after the infusion, contact your doctor or nurse right away: chills or shivering; nausea; vomiting; sweating; dizziness when standing up; rash; wheezing or shortness of breath; abnormally fast or slow heartbeat; or swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, or eyes. If you have these adverse effects, your doctor may need to slow down or stop your infusion.
Other use of remdesivir
The FDA has granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for remdesivir to be given to children weighing 8 pounds (3.5 kg) to less than 88 pounds (40 kg) who are hospitalised with severe COVID-19.
This drug may be prescribed for other uses; consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
What measures should you take in particular?
Before starting remdesivir, you should consult your doctor.
- If you are allergic to remdesivir, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in remdesivir injection, notify your doctor and pharmacist. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any additional drugs, vitamins, nutritional supplements, or herbal products you’re taking or planning to use. Make a point of mentioning one or more of the following: hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine (Plaquenil). Your doctor may need to adjust your prescription dosages or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- If you have or have previously had liver or renal disease, tell your doctor.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, notify your doctor.
What are the possible negative effects of this medication?
- Pain, at the place where it is injected, bleeding, bruise of the skin, discomfort, or swelling
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