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Paxlovid is used to treat mild to moderate Covid-19 in people who are at high-risk for developing severe illness. When this Covid-19 medicine is taken in the first five days of developing symptoms, it can significantly reduce the risk of hospitalization and death. The generic name for this medicine is Nirmatrelvir/Ritonavir.

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About Paxlovid

How does it work?

Paxlovid contains two medicines that help fight the Covid-19 virus. Nirmatrelvir is an antiviral that stops the virus from spreading around the body. Ritonavir boosts the amount of Nirmatrelvir available in the body so that it works more effectively.

What does it treat?

This medicine is used to treat Covid-19 in people who are at high-risk for developing severe illness. When taken within five days of developing symptoms, it can reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of hospitalization.

What forms does it come in?

This medicine is taken as a tablet, usually twice a day for 5 days.

Paxlovid vs. Nirmatrelvir/Ritonavir

Nirmatrelvir and Ritonavir are the active ingredients in Paxlovid. An active ingredient is what makes the medicine work. Paxlovid is the brand name for this medicine. Both brand and generic medicines are equally safe and effective.

The generic drug Nirmatrelvir/Ritonavir is not currently available through Dr. B.

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Common Questions

Paxlovid prescription FAQ

What are the benefits of taking Paxlovid?
  • Reduces risk of hospitalization
  • Reduces risk of death
  • Treats mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms
  • Can be taken at home
  • Starts working quickly
  • Safe for most people
Who should not take this medication?
  • People who have had an allergic reaction to Paxlovid
  • People who are taking certain other medications
  • People with certain medical conditions

There are several medications that you should not take while using Paxlovid. Make sure your medical provider knows all the medications you use and if you have any other medical conditions before starting this treatment.

How do you take this medication?

A standard dose of Paxlovid includes three pills. The pills must be taken together for this medicine to work correctly. Take the full course of treatment, even if you start to feel better. Be sure to follow your licensed provider’s instructions about how to use this medicine, and take it exactly as prescribed.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. But if it's close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with your regular dosing schedule.

What happens if I take too much?

Taking too much of this medication can cause serious side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and liver damage.

If you’ve taken too much of this medicine, call your medical provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.

Can I get Paxlovid online?

Dr. B can help you get Covid-19 treatments online, including Paxlovid. Just fill out a short health questionnaire to get started. A licensed medical provider will carefully review your symptoms, medical history and current medications to determine if this treatment could help you. If appropriate, they will send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.

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Side Effects

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Not everyone who uses this medication will experience side effects. The most common side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If you experience severe side effects like increased heart rate, liver damage or blood clots—or other new and worrying symptoms, contact your health provider right away. You should also reach out if you don’t feel better after 5 days of treatment or if your symptoms get worse.

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