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If you're at high risk for severe Covid-19, taking Paxlovid or Molnupiravir can significantly reduce your chances of hospitalization or death. But you need to start these antiviral medications within 5 days of your first symptoms. Skip the waiting room with our online health assessment and prescription Covid-19 treatments.

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Covid-19 treatments at Dr. B

Dr. B offers 2 antiviral treatment options for Covid-19—Paxlovid and Molnupiravir.

Paxlovid

Paxlovid is an antiviral medication that can help treat Covid-19 symptoms. It can also reduce the severity of symptoms and lower the chance of severe illness (including hospitalization and death).

Prescription length:

5 days

Application:

Tablets, 2 Nirmatrelvir tablets and 1 Ritonavir tablet taken together orally 2 times a day

Check your pharmacy for prices.

Molnupiravir

Molnupiravir (under the brand name Lagevrio) is an antiviral medication that can treat mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms. It has few side effects or drug interactions, which makes it a good option for people who aren’t eligible for Paxlovid.

Prescription length:

5 days

Application:

Capsules, 4 capsules taken 2 times a day

Check your pharmacy for prices.

Paxlovid

Paxlovid is an antiviral medication that can help treat Covid-19 symptoms. It can also reduce the severity of symptoms and lower the chance of severe illness (including hospitalization and death).

Molnupiravir

Molnupiravir (under the brand name Lagevrio) is an antiviral medication that can treat mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms. It has few side effects or drug interactions, which makes it a good option for people who aren’t eligible for Paxlovid.

Prescription length:

5 days

Prescription length:

5 days

Application:

Tablets, 2 Nirmatrelvir tablets and 1 Ritonavir tablet taken together orally 2 times a day

Application:

Capsules, 4 capsules taken 2 times a day

Check your pharmacy for prices.
Check your pharmacy for prices.

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Common Covid-19 Questions

About Covid-19

What is Covid-19?

Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus—one of the coronaviruses. Symptoms can vary widely from one case to another. But the most common Covid-19 symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing, cough, body or muscle aches and loss of taste or smell. People with underlying medical conditions or older adults are at higher risk of severe Covid-19 complications.

What causes Covid-19?

Covid-19 is a contagious disease spread through person-to-person contact. The SARS-CoV-2 virus travels via droplets in the air released when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by touching the face after close contact with an infected person.

What are the risk factors for severe Covid-19?

Some people with Covid-19 experience no symptoms. Others become sick enough to require a hospital stay. The risk factors for severe Covid-19 include:

  • Being 65 or older
  • Pre-existing lung conditions (including asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cystic fibrosis)
  • Heart disease or cardiomyopathy
  • Being identified as obese
  • Having a weakened immune system due to organ transplants, cancer treatment or taking certain medications
How long does Covid-19 last?

Covid-19 cases can vary widely in their severity. Mild cases usually subside in 1-2 weeks. Severe Covid-19 can take 6 or more weeks to go away. Some patients develop long-term symptoms (long Covid) that continue or worsen after the initial stage of infection has passed.

Do I have Covid-19 or the flu?

Like Covid-19, influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory condition that can cause symptoms including fever, cough, body aches, sore throat and shortness of breath. Because Covid-19 and flu can create similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the two conditions apart. If you’re experiencing serious symptoms, contact your medical provider.

Otherwise, here’s how to tell Covid-19 and flu apart:

  • Flu usually causes symptoms within 1-4 days from the time of infection. Covid-19 may trigger symptoms anywhere from 2 to 14 days after infection.
  • Flu typically doesn’t cause a temporary loss of smell or taste.
  • Bacterial infections are a more common complication of flu.

Covid-19 Treatments

What are the prescription treatments available for Covid-19?

Paxlovid and Molnupiravir are Covid prescription medications for high-risk patients with mild-to-moderate Covid-19 symptoms. Both Covid treatments are antivirals that help slow or stop the virus from replicating. They include a course of pills taken at home over 5 days.

The treatments must be started within the first 5 days of symptoms—which can be difficult for those who can’t easily access in-person care. Fortunately, Dr. B’s accessible health platform makes seeing an online doctor for Covid treatment within this vital 5-day window accessible and affordable.

How much is Paxlovid and Molnupiravir?

Since the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency ended in May 2023, patients have to use private insurance, public insurance or assistance programs to pay less than the full price of Paxlovid ($1,400-$1,500) or Molnupiravir ($950-$1,000).

Here’s a summary of insurance options and assistance programs. You can find a more detailed breakdown in this Dr. B article.

  • Drug discount cards: During your consultation, we show you prescription medication costs at your local pharmacies so you can choose the best option before your prescription gets sent out. Then we email you a Dr. B Drug Discount Card to guarantee that low cost.
  • Private Insurance: Your cost will depend on your insurance provider agreements. Depending on your out-of-pocket costs and other agreements, you may be eligible to receive assistance through Pfizer’s Copay Savings Program.
  • Medicare, Medicaid and those without insurance: People with Medicare Part B and Part D can get free antivirals through their health plan. Those with Medicaid coverage and uninsured people can get free antivirals through the US government’s Patient Assistance Program (PAP). (It’s managed by Pfizer.)
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives: Use the federal government’s Test to Treat program to get free antivirals through the Indian Health Service.
  • Veterans and active service members: Veterans can get free antiviral treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Active service members can get treatment through their Department of Defense’s TRICARE.
  • Other financial hardship: Qualifying patients can get free Paxlovid through Pfizer’s PAXCESS Patient Support Program (1-877-219-7225) or free Molnupiravir (Lagevrio) through Merck & Co Patient Assistance Program (800) 727-5400).
Who qualifies for Covid-19 treatments?

You may be able to get Paxlovid online or Mulnopiravir online (after a Dr. B Covid online consultation) if you:

  • Have experienced Covid-19 symptoms for 5 days or less
  • Have taken a Covid-19 test and gotten a positive test result
  • Are 18 or older
  • Are a high-risk patient with a qualifying condition, including:
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Chronic lung diseases
    • Diabetes
    • Disabilities
    • Heart conditions
    • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    • Mental health disorders
    • Obesity (BMI ≥25 kg/m2)
    • Smoking (both former and current)
What is the difference between Paxlovid and Molnupiravir?

Paxlovid and Molnupiravir are both oral medications (Covid pills) that must be taken within 5 days of initial Covid-19 symptoms. Paxlovid contains two medications—Nirmatrelvir and Ritonavir—which prevent the Covid-19 protein from replicating. Molnupiravir inserts itself directly into the Covid-19 virus' genetic material to stop it from replicating and growing.

For high-risk patients, Paxlovid can help decrease the risk of hospitalization or death by up to 89%. Molnupiravir is less effective. But it has fewer drug interactions, making it appropriate for patients who may not qualify for Paxlovid because of pre-existing conditions or medication conflicts.

Can I get a refill for Covid-19 medications?

No. Paxlovid and Molnupiravir should be taken only once within 90 days. If you experience a new or rebound infection—or if symptoms have not improved after treatment—follow up with an in-person provider.

About Paxlovid

What is “Paxlovid rebound”?

In the early days of the pandemic, researchers noticed that some people experienced a return of symptoms 2-8 days after their initial recovery. This was assumed to be only related to Paxlovid use and was called “Paxlovid rebound.”

New studies show that it’s common to experience a brief return of symptoms whether or not you take Paxlovid. This suggests that rebound symptoms are a natural part of Covid-19. Paxlovid continues to be recommended as the most effective early-stage treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in high-risk patients.

The good news? If you’re at high risk for severe illness and have an active Covid-19 infection, you may be eligible to get a Paxlovid prescription online. Start a Dr. B Paxlovid online health assessment today.

How do you take Paxlovid and Molnupiravir?

Paxlovid contains Nirmatrelvir (2 pink pills) and Ritonavir (1 white pill). Patients take all 3 pills together 2 times a day (12 hours apart) for 5 days.

A dose of Molnupiravir contains 4 red-colored capsules. Patients take all 4 pills together 2 times a day (12 hours apart) for 5 days.

Even if symptoms improve within a few days, it’s crucial that you complete the entire prescribed amount of medication. Stopping treatment too soon may not entirely stop or slow the virus from replicating.

Does Paxlovid have side effects?

Paxlovid side effects are generally mild. They can include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Altered or impaired sense of taste
  • Diarrhea
Can Paxlovid be taken with other drugs?

These common medications interact poorly with Paxlovid. Discuss alternative treatment options with your primary care doctor if you take:

Anti-coagulants: Apixaban (Eliquis), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Edoxaban (Savaysa), Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Ticagrelor (Brilinta), Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Alfuzosin (Uroxatral), Doxazosin (Cardura), Silodosin (Rapaflo), Tamsulosin (Flomax), Terazosin (Hytrin)

Cardiac/Hypertension: Amiodarone (Cordarone, Nexterone, Pacerone), Amlodipine (Norvasc, Katerzia, Norliqva), Cilostazol (Pletal), Clopidogrel (Plavix), Digoxin (Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin), Diltiazem (Cardizem, Carter, Dilacor, Dilt-CD, Diltia, Matzim, Taztia, Tiadylt, Tiazac), Disopyramide (Norpace), Dofetilide (Tikosyn), Dronedarone (Multaq), Eplerenone (Inspra), Felodipine (Plendil), Flecainide (Tambocor), Ivabradine (Corlanor), Mexiletine, Nifedipine (Procardia, Adatta, Afeditab, Nifedica, Nifedical), Propafenone (Rythmol), Quinidine, Ranolazine (Ranexa, Aspurzyo), Sacubitril (Entresto), Valsartan (Diovan, Exforge), Verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan, Tarka)

Diabetes: Glyburide (DiaBeta, Micronase), Saxagliptin (Onglyza)

Immunosuppressants: Chemotherapeutic medications, Cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral), Dexamethasone (Decadron, Hemady, TaperDex), Everolimus (Zortress, Afinitor), Fedratinib (Inrebic), Ruxolitinib (Jakafi), Sirolimus (Rapamune), Tacrolimus (Astagraf, Envarsus, Hecoria, Prograf), Tofacitinib (Xeljanz), Upadacitinib (Rinvoq), Voclosporin (Lupkynis)

Medications for infections: Brincidofovir (Tembexa), Clarithromycin (Biaxin), Cobicistat (Tybost), Glecaprevir/Pibrentasvir (Mavyret), HIV medications, Isavuconazole, Itraconazole (Onmel, Sporanox, Tolsura), Ketoconazole, Maraviroc (Selzentry),Posaconazole (Noxafil), Rifabutin (Mycobutin), Rifampin (Rifadin), Rifapentine (Priftin), Voriconazole (Vfend)

Migraine: Almotriptan (Axert), Ergot derivatives (bromocriptine, Parlodel), Dihydroergotamine (Migranal), Ergotamine (Cafergot), and Pergolide (Permax), Zolmitriptan (Zomig)

Miscellaneous: Colchicine (Colcrys, Gloperba, Mitigare), Darifenacin (Enablex), Elexacaftor/ Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor (Trikafta), Eluxadoline (Viberzi), Finerenone (Kerendia), Ivacaftor (Kalydeco), Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor (Orkambi), Naloxegol (Movantik), Oxybutynin (Ditropan), Solifenacin (Vesicare), St. John’s wort, Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor (Symdeko), Tolvaptan (Jynarque, Samsca)

Neuropsychiatric and Sleep: Alprazolam (Xanax, Niravam), Aripiprazole (Abilify), Brexpiprazole (Rexulti), Buspirone (BuSpar), Cariprazine (Vraylar), Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), Clobazam (Onfi, Sympazan), Clonazepam (Klonopin), Clorazepate (Tranxene), Clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo, Versacloz), Diazepam (Valium), Estazolam, Flurazepam (Dalmane), Haloperidol (Haldol), Iloperidone (Fanapt), Lumateperone (Caplyta), Lurasidone (Latuda), Midazolam (Versed, Seizalam), Mirtazapine (Remeron), Pimavanserin (Nuplazid), Pimozide (Orap), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Risperidone (Risperdal, Perseris), Trazodone (Desyrel, Oleptro), Ziprasidone (Geodon), Zolpidem (Ambien, Edluar, Intermezzo, Zolpimist)

Pain or Dependence: Buprenorphine (Belbuca, Buprenex, Sulocade, Subutex), Fentanyl (Sublimaze), Hydrocodone (Norco, Vicodin, Hysingla, Zohydro), Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo), Methadone (Diskettes, Dolphin, Methadose), Morphine (Arymoa, Avinza, Duramorph, Infumorph, Kadian, Mitigo, Morphabond, MS Contin, Oramorph, Roxanol), Oxycodone (OxyContin, OxyFast, Oxaydo, Oxecta, Roxicodone, Roxybond, Xtampza), Tramadol (Ultram, ConZip, Odolo, Rybix, Ryzolt)

Pulmonary Hypertension and/or Sexual Dysfunction: Bosentan (Tracleer), Flibanserin (Addyi), Riociguat (Adempas), Sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio), Tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca, Alyq), Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)

Seizure: Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro), Phenobarbital (Sezaby), Phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek), Primidone (Mysoline)

About Molnupiravir

Does Molnupiravir have side effects?

Molnupiravir side effects are also generally mild. They can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
Can Molnupiravir be taken with other drugs?

Limited data has not identified any negative interactions between and other drugs. (Clinical studies have yet to be conducted.) But Molnupiravir does not have inhibitors or inducers of common drug-metabolizing enzymes, making interactions with other medications unlikely.

Who should not take Molnupiravir?

If you are already pregnant, plan to get pregnant or are breastfeeding, don’t take Molnupiravir. Use reliable forms of birth control while using this medication and for three months after treatment ends.

Do you accept insurance?

Right now, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to health insurance companies. But you can use insurance for any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.

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How can I get a Covid-19 prescription online?

Does Paxlovid need a prescription? Yes! Molnupiravir requires a prescription, too. But there's no need to trek to your doctor's office. If eligible, you can get an online Paxlovid prescription or Molnupiravir prescription through Dr. B’s virtual medical platform.

To get started, fill out an online health assessment. A licensed medical provider will review your health and medical history. If they recommend a prescription treatment, they will send it to your preferred pharmacy for pick-up.

How much do Covid-19 treatments cost?

Consultation: An online consultation costs $15, which is less than most doctor copays. Currently, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies.

Medication: During the Covid-19 public health emergency, the U.S. government provided Covid-19 antiviral treatments for free at pharmacies nationwide. Now, these medications will remain free only while the federal government has them in supply. Afterward, your prescription cost will depend on whether or not you have insurance and where you fill your prescription.

Do you accept insurance?

Right now, Dr. B does not accept insurance or submit claims to insurance companies. But you can use insurance for any resulting prescription at your pharmacy.

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