What to Know About Antiviral Treatments for COVID

COVID Treatment with Paxlovid®

Several antiviral treatments have been explored and authorized for use in managing COVID-19. Typically, these treatments target different stages of the SARS virus life cycle. Remdesivir, an antiviral medication, is one of the early treatments authorized for emergency use, blocking the virus's replication. Additionally, the oral antiviral drug Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir) shows promise in reducing the severity of illness and preventing hospitalization.

Why Choose Paxlovid Over Other COVID Treatments?

Compared to other COVID-19 treatments, such as remdesivir and monoclonal antibodies, Paxlovid is distinct in its oral form. Therefore, allowing for more convenient administration. Notably, Paxlovid specifically targets the SARS-CoV-2 virus by inhibiting its replication through the use of protease inhibitors.

Clinical trials demonstrated its efficacy in reducing the risk of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients. As a result, in 2023, the FDA approved Paxlovid.

Are There Side Effects With Paxlovid®?

Paxlovid, like any medication, may be associated with some side effects. Common side effects reported include headache, fatigue, and diarrhea. Additionally, individuals with pre-existing liver conditions may be at an increased risk of adverse effects.

Who Can and Who Should Not Take Paxlovid®?

Paxlovid may be prescribed for individuals aged 12 and older who have tested positive for COVID-19, are at high risk for progression to severe disease, and weigh at least 88 pounds.

Factors such as age, underlying health conditions, and the severity of COVID-19 symptoms play a role in determining eligibility. Additionally, Paxlovid may interact with certain medications.

Patients considering Paxlovid or any other medication should consult with their healthcare providers, and inform them of all medications they are taking. Healthcare providers can then provide personalized information based on their medical history, current health status and assess each case individually to make informed decisions about prescribing Paxlovid.

MDAnywhere is able to provide COVID treatment with Paxlovid® and a work/school note if needed.  
All our physicians at MDAnywhere are trained and board certified in emergency or family medicine.  Accordingly, they can provide treatment options for a variety of health concerns. With a current user rating of 4.9, there are many reasons why people love MDAnywhere!

The landscape of COVID-19 treatments is continually evolving with ongoing research and development, so it is crucial to stay updated with the latest information from the CDC and other reputable health organizations for the most current understanding of effective antiviral treatments for COVID-19.

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Disclaimer: The content provided above is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult with your healthcare provider or visit MDAnywhere for treatment.