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?
Pfizer’s FDA authorized Covid pill, Paxlovid is an oral antiviral pill that works by stopping the viral replication process of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This reduces a person’s viral load and lessens the severity of their 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’re COVID-19 positive
You’ve been experiencing mild to moderate COVID symptoms for five days or less
You’re considered to be at high risk for COVID-related complications
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is molnupiravir FDA approved?
FDA has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Merck’s molnupiravir for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options authorized by the FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate. Molnupiravir is available by prescription only and should be initiated as soon as possible after diagnosis of COVID-19 and within five days of symptom onset.
Yes. The FDA authorized Pfizer’s COVID treatment pill (Paxlovid) and Merck’s COVID treatment pill in December 2021.
Can people who have been vaccinated get the COVID-19 pill?
Yes. Almost anyone with mild to moderate COVID symptoms can take the COVID-19 pill within the first five days of symptom onset, to reduce the severity of symptoms. Prior to prescribing the COVID-19 pill, your LifeMD affiliated doctor may ask to see your positive COVID-19 test results.
How effective are COVID-19 pills in preventing severe disease?
The Pfizer COVID-19 pill (Paxlovid) has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalization or death by 89%, while the Merck COVID-19 pill has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalization or death by 30%. The COVID-19 pill 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.
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