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Background and Date of Approval
Remdesivir is an antiviral drug that belongs to the class of medicines known as purine nucleosides. It was approved by the U.S. FDA on 1st of May 2020 to treat COVID 19.
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It works by inhibiting the replication of the virus, specifically the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This drug can help the body's immune system effectively control the infection by stopping the virus from growing and spreading in the body.
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Remdesivir is prescribed to treat Coronavirus disease.
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Remdesivir will be administered to you by a healthcare professional in a hospital setting. It is usually administered as an intravenous injection into a vein. Your doctor will decide the dose, route of administration, and frequency based on your disease condition and other factors.
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This drug is contraindicated in individuals with known hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions to the medication or any of its components. If an individual has previously experienced a severe allergic reaction to Remdesivir, they should not receive the medication. Also, this use is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment and can cause severe liver-related adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function is recommended during treatment with this drug. If significant liver function abnormalities are observed, treatment should be discontinued.
It is highly advised to use this drug cautiously in individuals with renal impairment (moderate to severe kidney disease), as it is primarily eliminated from the body through the kidneys. Monitoring renal function and adjusting the dose accordingly in patients with pre-existing renal impairment is necessary. It is unknown whether this injection will affect the unborn baby. Inform your physician beforehand if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant. Talk to your doctor if you take any other medications or before using over-the-counter or herbal products. Your doctor will evaluate the risk of interaction with this medication.
The common side effects that are likely to occur while you are on the treatment with Remdesivir are nausea, liver disorders, and low oxygen level in the blood. Some serious side effects also include changes in heart rate, fever, wheezing, and shortness of breath. If you experience any allergic or unusual reactions after taking this medicine, report to your doctor immediately.
Word Of Advice
It is highly recommended to wear a mask in public places, which helps to prevent the spread of infection. Keeping a social distance from others to reduce the risk of transmission quickly. Washing your hands with water and soap for at least 15 seconds or using a hand sanitizer helps eliminate germs thoroughly. If you miss a dose of Remdesivir injection and it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, you must skip the missed dose and make sure to continue with the regular dosing schedule. A double dose is not recommended to make up for a missed one. It is necessary to do saltwater gargling and steam inhalations. Consume protein-rich foods in your diet, like eggs, cheese, tofu, and salmon fish, which can aid in tissue repair and growth.
Frequently Asked Question
- Gilead Sciences, Electronic medicines compendium (EMC) [Revised on Jan 2021] [Accessed on 27th Mar 2021], https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.11597.pdf
- Gilead Sciences, US food and drug administration [Revised on Oct 2020] [Accessed on 27th Mar 2021], https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2020/214787Orig1s000lbl.pdf
The drug information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice, it is meant for educational purposes only. For further details consult your doctor about your medical condition to know if you are eligible to receive this treatment.