Treatment options for persons who have tested positive for COVID-19
This antiviral medication is a pill taken by mouth for five days. The treatment should start soon after symptom onset. Talk to your doctor to see if this treatment is right for you. If so, it can be obtained by prescription at designated pharmacies.
This outpatient infusion therapy is three days long and should be started within 7 days of symptom onset. This treatment is available at Bryan. A doctor order is required, as well as meeting additional specific criteria.
FAQs for Remdesivir at Bryan
Who can receive infusion therapy?
Adults and children age 12 and older who weigh at least 88 pounds and and laboratory confirmed COVID-19 and currently symptomatic and within 7 days of symptom onset and who are at a high risk for progression to severe disease.
Treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19
This treatment is done to reduce the amount of virus in your body once you’ve become sick and prevent you from becoming very sick, including reducing the chance of hospitalization.
What to do if you feel you qualify for this treatment?
Contact your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, go to an urgent care. Bryan has 3 urgent care locations. A provider will determine if this treatment could benefit you. A provider order is needed for treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Are there side effects with this therapy?
Yes, some treatment-related side effects are possible. An infusion of any medicine may cause brief discomfort, bleeding, bruising of the skin, soreness, swelling, fever, chills, tiredness, nausea, headache and possible infection at the infusion site. Hypersensitivity and allergic reactions may happen during and after an infusion. Nausea is the most common side effect of antiviral (remdesivir) treatment. Trained health care staff will monitor you for allergic reactions. While side effects are possible, these treatments contain NO live virus.
Treatment Questions Related to COVID-19 Vaccine
I recently received a COVID-19 vaccine but still developed COVID-19 infection. Do I still qualify for infusion treatment therapy?
Yes. Please check with your provider.
I am planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine soon. Can I still get the vaccine if I receive infusion treatment therapy?
Yes, please check with your provider.
Preparing for Treatment
What can I expect after my doctor orders this treatment?
You will receive a call from the Bryan Scheduling Center and Patient Service Center with the following information:
- Appointment date/time and what to bring
- Where to park – Bryan Medical Plaza Parking Lot at 1500 S. 48th St. in a reserved space; call from vehicle; staff will meet and escort patient to the treatment area at Bryan Medical Plaza
How can I prepare for infusion treatment therapy? Where do I go?
- Get plenty of rest the night before and drink plenty of water
- Continue to take your daily medications as you normally would
- Eat a light meal/snack before coming
- Wear warm, comfortable clothes with a shirt that can roll-up over the elbow
- Consider bringing some activity to help pass the time, as there is a 1 hour observation period once the infusion has ended to make sure you tolerate the infusion treatment therapy; your entire appointment time will be about 1 1/2 hours
- Only those with a treatment appointment may enter the hospital
- If patient is a minor, one parent/guardian may attend
- Unless you have a family member receiving treatment at the same time, you should arrive alone
- If you are being dropped off, your driver should stay with you until our staff meet you; we will have you call your driver 15 minutes before they should return to pick you up
- Masks/face coverings are required from the time you leave your vehicle to the time you return to your vehicle
Additional information for your arrival:
- Bring your cell phone so you can call us from your vehicle when you arrive
- Arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time
- Park in the Bryan Medical Plaza parking lot at 1500 S. 48th St.
- A staff member will meet you at your vehicle to take you to the clinic. Please remain in your vehicle while you wait
How is infusion treatment therapy given?
An infusion is administered into a vein in your arm. This must be done by skilled professionals; therefore, it can only be administered in health care facilities. The antiviral course will be series of treatments three days in a row. You will be watched closely while you receive this medication and for some time after your infusion is completed.
Will I have to sign a special consent form to receive antiviral therapy?
No. Your health care provider will discuss the risks/benefits and inform you of alternatives. No special consent form is required for antiviral infusion.
Do I still need to isolate if I have COVID-19 or quarantine if I've been exposed to COVID-19?
Yes. You must still follow the same isolation and quarantine requirements to protect yourself and others. Receiving antiviral therapy will not reduce the duration of your isolation or quarantine.
When should my COVID-19 symptoms resolve after I receive infusion therapy?
It depends on how your body responds to the treatment. Most patients see an improvement in symptoms between 24 to 72 hours after treatment.
What if I get worse despite receiving this medication?
Patients do not always respond in the same manner to the same treatment. Worsening of COVID-19 has happened after infusion therapy and is more likely the later you receive therapy after symptom onset. Symptoms may include fever, trouble breathing, fast or slow heartbeat, or feeling confused, tired, or weak. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
What is the cost of antiviral therapy treatment?
There is a charge for this treatment. The medication and administration charge will be submitted to your insurance. If you do not have insurance, financial support is available through Bryan Health.