Paxlovid Oral COVID-19 Antiviral Medication
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about this medication.
This antiviral therapy has two separate medications. The three-pill dose consists of two pills of nirmatrelvir, which helps to inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 protein from replicating. The third pill is ritonavir, which helps to boost levels of antiviral medicines.
Are Paxlovid and Tamiflu similar?
Both are antiviral medications that help reduce symptoms early in the illness. They are, however, different, as they treat two different types of disease.
When you visit Jovive Health, your provider will help determine if this is the right treatment for you and your illness. It is FDA authorized for people 12 and older with a positive COVID-19 test who weigh at least 88 pounds. Ask your physician if this is an option for you.
Please note Paxlovid is only for patients that are at a high risk of severe disease. It is based on your physician’s assessment and evaluation and is given on a case-by-case basis.
What are the side effects?
Most side effects are mild, and many people will not experience serious effects.
Most common are:
Paxlovid is still being studied, so there could be some side effects that are not yet known. The FDA has provided a fact sheet on Paxlovid for more information about side effects and the medication.
What if I don’t qualify for this? Are there other options?