Paxlovid is an antiviral prescription medication intended for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) infections. It should be given only to persons who test positive for SARS-CoV-2, and not as a preventive medication.

Paxlovid consists of two different medications:
●    Nirmatrelvir, which inhibits the SARS-CoV-2 protein to stop the virus from replicating.
●    Ritonavir, which slows the breakdown of nirmatrelvir to help it remain in the body longer at a higher concentration.

Paxlovid medication is recommended for symptomatic patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who also have one or more serious risk factors for progression to severe disease. The medication is taken orally, either with or without food. Treatment normally begins within five days of the patient's first COVID symptoms, and continues for five days afterward.

In May 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Paxlovid as an antiviral drug for treating COVID-19 in adults.

Paxlovid is NOT authorized in the following setting:

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    Patient is not currently infected with COVID-19.

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    Patient is under 30 years with no risk factors or underlying medical conditions.

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    Patient has no high-risk factors for progression to severe disease.

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    Patient requires hospitalization due to severe COVID-19.

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    Patient has SARS-CoV-2 infection but DOES NOT have symptoms of COVID.

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    Patient wishes to use Paxlovid as a substitute for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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    Possible side effects of Paxlovid include muscle aches, diarrhea, high blood pressure, and impaired sense of taste.

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    May result in dangerous drug interactions if used with certain other medications.

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    May cause HIV-1 drug resistance in persons with an uncontrolled HIV-1 infection.

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    May cause health complications in patients with severe liver or kidney impairment.

NOTE: Paxlovid tablets can only be prescribed if you meet ALL of the following requirements:

●    You have tested positive for COVID-19.
●    You are at least 30 years of age.
●    You are a high-risk patient due to a serious underlying medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension, heart condition, or lung disease.

COVID-19, short for "Coronavirus Disease 2019," is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. Discovered in 2019 and responsible for the 2020 global pandemic, the virus is known for its aggressive spread and its symptoms that target the respiratory system, in addition to it targeting a person’s sense of smell and taste. Left untreated, severe cases can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), posing a significant threat, especially to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. 

COVID-19 symptoms can vary widely in both severity and presentation, with some individuals remaining asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) while others experience more severe illness. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

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Shortness of Breath

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Body aches

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Loss of Taste or Smell

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Congestion or Runny Nose

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Nausea and Vomiting 

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Only about 1 percent of patients experience significant side effects from Paxlovid. The most common side effects reported are dysgeusia (alteration in the sense of taste) and