Paxlovid Covid-19 Treatment

Paxlovid is an oral antiviral medication that may be used to help prevent symptoms requiring hospitalization in patients with Covid-19.

What is Paxlovid and How Does it Work?  

Paxlovid is an oral antiviral treatment authorized under the FDA’s emergency use authorization that works by stopping the viral replication process of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This treatment reduces a person’s viral load and helps prevent high-risk individuals from developing severe Covid-19 symptoms.

Paxlovid can reduce the risk of hospitalization by 89%, as demonstrated in one clinical trial. Paxlovid is effective against the Omicron variant of Covid-19 when taken within five days of the start of symptoms.

Who is Eligible to Receive Paxlovid? 

You may qualify if: 

  • A PCR or rapid antigen test has confirmed that you have an active case of COVID-19
  • You have been experiencing mild to moderate COVID symptoms for five days or less
  • You are considered to be at high risk for COVID-related complications

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Paxlovid FDA approved?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Paxlovid oral antiviral therapy. This treatment is only available for eligible individuals who have received a prescription. Paxlovid should be taken as soon as possible after a positive COVID-19 test result and within five days of the start of symptoms.

Is Paxlovid safe?

Paxlovid is generally well tolerated and has few side effects. Paxlovid is not recommended for individuals with allergies to the components of the medication and individuals with kidney disease. It can also have interactions with certain drugs. Your medical provider will evaluate the potential for such interactions and make adjustments as necessary.

Are there any FDA-approved pills for COVID-19?

Can people who have been vaccinated get the COVID-19 pill?

Yes, individuals who have been vaccinated can receive Paxlovid. However, these individuals must also meet eligibility requirements, including:

  • Being an adult or child 12 years or older and weigh at least 88 pounds AND who is part of a high-risk group for developing complications from COVID-19
  • Having a confirmed, symptomatic infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • Having symptoms for no more than 5 days
  • Having one or more risk factors for developing severe symptoms

How effective are COVID-19 pills in preventing severe disease?

The Pfizer antiviral COVID-19 pill (Paxlovid) has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalization or death by 89%. This treatment is not a substitute for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinated people who take these COVID medications will likely have even better recovery outcomes than those who are unvaccinated.