What is Paxlovid?
It’s a difficult task for “regular” people to keep up with the latest COVID-19 scientific developments. Fortunately for patients of board-certified internist Dr. David Nazarian at My Concierge MD, the drug pipeline is easily explained and available for treatment.
Paxlovid, made by Pfizer, is the first oral COVID-19 pill sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Approved for the treatment of COVID-19 with an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the use with mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease. If taken during the first five days of symptom onset, has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death. Currently, the drug is approved for high-risk adults over 65 and people who are immunosuppressed.
The drug is the second of its kind on the market. Merck developed molnupiravir, a game-changer in the UK, which is where it gained its approval. However, the Merck offering is said to only be effective 30% of the time.
Both drugs are known as protease inhibitors. These antiviral medications stop the virus from being able to replicate. Optimistic health care providers believe that protease inhibitors may go a long way toward lessening the pandemic.
Paxlovid is an oral antiviral combination of two drugs (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir) packaged together. When you take the three antiviral pills (two are nirmatrelvir) the drug stops the SARS-CoV-2 protein from replicating, which is the only way viruses can exist. The ritonavir essentially shuts down nirmatrelvir’s metabolism in the liver so it doesn’t leave the body as rapidly.
Paxlovid is taken twice orally for five days for a total of 30 tablets. The drug is not authorized for use for more than five days.
Paxlovid is safe and extremely effective.
To qualify for a prescription, a patient must have a positive COVID-19 test result and be at high risk for developing severe COVID-19. The FDA authorized Paxlovid for people ages 12 and older who weigh at least 88 pounds.
You must either have underlying conditions (including cancer, diabetes, obesity) or be an older adult (more than 81% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65). The more underlying medical conditions a person has, the higher their risk for developing a severe case of COVID-19, according to the CDC.
Gov. officials anticipate that these restrictions will soon be relaxed. During its clinical trial, unvaccinated participants who were given Paxlovid were 89% less likely to develop severe illness and death, compared to the control group who were given a placebo.
Do not visit your family physician or pharmacy to request this medication. Pharmacists are not qualified to assess patients.
Paxlovid is not a substitute for vaccination or booster.
Does Paxlovid work on Omicron
Paxlovid medication is one of only a handful of drugs that is effective against the omicron variant of moderate COVID-19. The other treatment options include monoclonal antibodies and Evusheld.
Paxlovid side effects
Paxlovid has several known drug interactions and may cause a diminished sense of taste, diarrhea, high blood pressure, and muscle aches. In people with uncontrolled or undiagnosed HIV infection, Paxlovid can lead to HIV drug resistance. People with pre-existing liver disease should speak with their doctor because Ritonvair may cause liver damage.
Why trust My Concierge MD with your COVID treatment?
My Concierge MD Provides a holistic medical approach, with Dr. Nazarian accepting patients who require an internist. The boutique medical facility stands out from other medical offices with similar methodologies.
In addition to COVID and weight-loss drugs, patients can enjoy a feeling of increased wellness and energy through our vitamin program.
Busy? We’ll come to you. Many of our clients prefer to receive injections in the privacy of their homes or office.
At My Concierge MD patient safety is paramount. The facility’s Covid-19 infection patient safety procedures exceed all CDC and World Health Organization recommendations. Masks are always required in our office.
How to find Paxlovid treatment near me
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