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What does it do?

Remdesivir is used to treat COVID-19.

How is it given?

Remdesivir is given as an infusion into a vein by a health professional.

You will need to stay for 30 minutes once the infusion is completed, to check you do not have any side effects.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Remdesivir is a new medicine. All the possible side effects are not known at this time.

Side EffectsRecommended action

Reaction during the infusion including: trouble breathing, swelling, rash, dizziness, fast heartbeat, fever, sweating

Tell your health professional immediately

Nausea

Tell your health professional if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You may need a blood test to check how well your liver is working.
  • Remdesivir is not registered for use in New Zealand. Discuss with your doctor.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. May 2022

For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed