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Remdesivir

Generic Name: remdesivir (rem DES i veer)
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Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jun 15, 2020 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is remdesivir?

Remdesivir is an experimental medicine being studied for use in treating conditions caused by coronaviruses. It is not yet known if remdesivir is a safe and effective treatment for any condition.

Remdesivir has not been approved to treat coronavirus or COVID-19. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized emergency use of remdesivir in adults and children who are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Remdesivir may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Remdesivir has not been approved to treat coronavirus or COVID-19. It is not yet known if remdesivir is an effective treatment for any condition.

The FDA has authorized emergency use of remdesivir only in people with COVID-19 who are in a hospital. You must remain under the care of a doctor while receiving remdesivir.

Before taking this medicine

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • liver or kidney disease;

  • allergies; or

  • any serious medical conditions.

You should not take chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine while you are taking remdesivir. Either of these other medicines could make remdesivir less effective.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How is remdesivir given?

Remdesivir is given as an infusion into a vein. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Remdesivir is usually given once per day for up to 10 days. The best dose in people with COVID-19 is not known.

You must remain under the care of a doctor while you are being treated with remdesivir for COVID-19.

You will need frequent blood tests to check your liver function.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Because you will receive remdesivir in a clinical setting, you are not likely to miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Since remdesivir is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, you will be treated quickly if an overdose occurs.

What should I avoid while receiving remdesivir?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Remdesivir side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you have:

  • nausea, vomiting;

  • chills or shivering;

  • increased sweating; or

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect remdesivir?

Other drugs may affect remdesivir, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

  • Your doctor can provide more information about remdesivir.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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