Altus Medical Center in Lake Jackson, TX Now Approved For New Covid-19 “BAM” Treatment!

If you have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in the last ten days and are showing symptoms then you may be a candidate for a new and innovative experimental Covid-19 treatment. It has been shown in studies to be able to reduce the amount of the virus cells present and prevent hospitalizations. When taken within 10 days of diagnosis and before serious symptoms develop, it may be able to keep the virus from worsening.

What is Bamlanivimab?

“BAM” is short for Bamlanivimab, which is a new experimental treatment for Covid-19. The “BAM” treatment uses artificial antibodies to fight off the virus. The treatment may be able to keep coronavirus cells from replicating or growing, limiting their spread in the body. It is currently being used for treating mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms for adult patients at Altus Medical Center in Lake Jackson, TX.

The artificial antibodies will promote the body’s natural antibodies to do their job and fight the virus. During the initial trials of the “BAM” treatment it was shown to reduce the severity of Covid symptoms and prevent patients from going to the hospital.

Is the treatment safe?

The treatment is so new that there could be unknown side effects. It is not currently approved by the FDA, but it is authorized for emergency use. Our emergency room in Lake Jackson, TX is approved for offering the investigative drug for treatment of Covid symptoms for adult patients.

The potential side effects could be serious or life-threatening. Allergic reactions to the “BAM” treatment could include fever, chills, nausea, headache, shortness of breath, low or high blood pressure, rapid or slow heart rate, chest discomfort or pain, weakness, confusion, feeling tired, wheezing, swelling of your lips, face, or throat, rash including hives, itching, muscle aches, dizziness, and sweating.

Who is a candidate for the “BAM” Covid treatment?

Bamlanivimab is not right for every patient. Here are some qualifying factors for receiving the new treatment:

  • Patients who have had Covid symptoms for 10 days or less
  • Patients at risk for developing life threatening symptoms
  • Adults over 88 pounds
  • Elderly or obese patiennts
  • Patients with asthma, diabetes, cerebral palsy or other health conditions
  • Adults with heart disease, high blood pressure, or lung disease

This drug is meant to keep patients with moderate symptoms out of the hospital. If you are already in the hospital for Covid then you are not a candidate for this treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions about whether or not the “BAM” treatment is right for you.

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