Generic name: bebtelovimab [ beb-te-LOE-vi-mab ]
Drug class: Miscellaneous antivirals
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 2, 2023.
Uses for bebtelovimab
Bebtelovimab injection is used to treat mild to moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 testing, who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19 (eg, hospitalization, death), and for whom other treatments are not available or appropriate.
This medicine is to be given only by or under the immediate supervision of your doctor.
Before using bebtelovimab
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of bebtelovimab injection in children younger than 12 years of age or weighing less than 40 kilograms (kg). Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of bebtelovimab injection in the elderly.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- COVID-19, severe (eg, hospitalized patients, patients who need oxygen therapy or respiratory support)—Should not be used in patients with this condition.
Proper use of bebtelovimab
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine in a medical facility. It is given through a needle placed into one of your veins. It must be given slowly, so the needle will have to stay in place for at least 30 seconds.
This medicine comes with a Fact Sheet for Patients, Parents, and Caregivers. Read and follow the information in the Fact Sheet carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
You should receive this medicine within 7 days of the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.
Precautions while using bebtelovimab
It is very important that your doctor check you or your child's progress closely while you are receiving this medicine to make sure that it is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
This medicine may cause serious allergic reactions, including infusion-related reactions and anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you start to have a fever, chill or shaking, dizziness, headache, hoarseness, increased sweating, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, itching or skin rash, lightheadedness, fainting, fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after receiving this medicine.
Side Effects of bebtelovimab
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- Back pain
- blurred vision
- chest pain, discomfort, or tightness
- difficulty in moving
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- itching skin
- joint pain
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- muscle aches, cramps, pains, or stiffness
- nausea and vomiting
- noisy breathing
- pounding in the ears
- swollen joints
- trouble breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
- Difficulty swallowing
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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