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Are you experiencing thinking or memory issues, but don’t know why?


Amyvid is an injectable prescription imaging agent used in adults with thinking or memory problems who are being assessed for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or other causes of these symptoms.

Amyvid is used by doctors in combination with other tests. Amyvid is used with a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner to show whether high levels of plaques, which are a buildup of a protein called beta-amyloid, are in the brain.

Important Facts About Amyvid® (am-uh-vid). It is also known as florbetapir F 18.

What is Amyvid used for?
Amyvid is an imaging agent used in adults who have thinking or memory problems and who are being assessed for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) or some other causes of these symptoms. Amyvid is given by injection and it requires a prescription.

Amyvid is used with a machine called a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner. The scan shows whether a person's brain has an abnormal buildup of a protein called beta-amyloid. When beta-amyloid proteins build up and clump together, they form lumps in the brain called plaques.

What is a negative scan?
An Amyvid scan that shows few or no plaques in the brain is called a negative scan. This means that AD is probably not the cause of the person's thinking or memory problems. This is only true as of the time of the scan.

What is a positive scan?
An Amyvid scan that shows a similar amount of plaque as scans from people with AD is called a positive scan. People with other conditions that cause thinking or memory problems as well as older people with normal thinking or memory can also have that amount of plaque in their brain.

Doctors use Amyvid in combination with other tests. A positive Amyvid scan does not mean you definitely have AD or another thinking or memory disorder. Amyvid should not be used to predict dementia or other brain conditions. It also should not be used to track whether a treatment is working.


  • Errors may happen when Amyvid scan images are read. In clinical studies, a scan read as negative, when it was actually positive, accounted for most of these errors. An Amyvid scan only indicates whether beta-amyloid plaques, which are a buildup of proteins in the brain, are present at the time of the scan. Even if the scan is negative, it is possible to develop plaques in the future.
  • Amyvid, like other radioactive diagnostic agents, adds to overall, long-term combined radiation exposure. Long-term combined radiation exposure may increase risk of cancer.

Common side effects

  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Higher blood pressure. This is when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is too high.
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Injection site reaction (bleeding, irritation, or pain where Amyvid is injected)

Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. You can report side effects at 1-800-FDA-1088 or .

Before you receive Amyvid

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed.
  • Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as vitamins and herbal supplements.

How to receive Amyvid

Amyvid should only be given by healthcare professionals who are qualified by specific training and experience in the safe use and handling of radioactive materials safely.

Learn more

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This summary provides basic information about Amyvid. It does not include all information known about this drug. Read the information given to you about Amyvid before your PET scan. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Be sure to talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about Amyvid. Your doctor is the best person to help you decide if an Amyvid PET scan is right for you.

Amyvid® is a registered trademark owned or licensed by Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.

Please see full Prescribing Information for Amyvid.