PILL TREATMENT FOR COVID-19

We Are Currently Offering Free COVID-19 Treatment in Florida - Oral COVID medication - Paxlovid & Lagevrio

Paxlovid and Lagevrio are two of the latest COVID-19 oral treatments which are now available at all 3 of our Urgent Care of The Palm Beaches locations. The medications are dispensed to our patients free of charge. Both medications were granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2021, for those with mild to moderate disease and with high risk of progression to severe disease.

Paxlovid and Lagevrio are oral antiviral medications that can be taken at home to help keep high-risk patients out of the hospital.

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Pfizer Covid-19 Pill

Paxlovid is a combination of two different antiviral medications developed by Pfizer. The drug demonstrated a 89% risk reduction for hospitalization and death in the clinical trial which supported the EAU. Paxlovid is provided at no cost by the U.S. government during the state of public health emergency. This medication is expected to work against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

Merck Covid-19 Pill

Lagevrio (Molnupiravir), developed by Merck, has been shown in a clinical trial to decrease the risk of hospitalization and death if used early in the course of the disease.

 

Pill treatment for covid-19 in Palm Beach County

How does the Covid-19 pill treatment work? 

Treatment with both drugs can be initiated in the first five days from the onset of symptoms. Patients must test positive for COVID-19 virus in the office, or present a positive PCR test. Covid tests done at home have to be repeated in the office to confirm Covid positivity.

All patients must meet specific criteria in order to be given the Covid treatment medication. Whether the patient satisfies the criteria will be determined by the doctor in our office. Our doctor will discuss all the risks and benefits of administering the oral Pfizer covid pill or Merck covid pill before dispensing it to you. Every patient will receive a patient factsheet provided by the Covid pill manufacturer; this document enlists drugs that are being dispensed to you.

Do Paxlovid and Lagevrio work against Omicron?

Paxlovid and Lagevrio have tested effective in inhibiting the growth of strains similar to the one that causes COVID-19. Studies have found that these drugs may help patients recover more quickly from the virus. Also, they are very effective against the Omicron virus, similar to the one that causes COVID-19. Even though the clinical trial took place before the outbreak of the Omicron virus, the drugs have shown to be effective against it.

When should I take Paxlovid or Lagevrio? 

Pfizer paxlovid is taken as a pill by mouth. Also, Lagevrio is taken as a pill by mouth, with or without food. It is usually taken two or three times daily, with or without food. 

The usual starting dose is 50 mg two or three times a day. The doctor may increase the dose if needed. The maximum recommended dose is 400 mg per day. 

It should be taken at about the same time each day. If you take more than one dose daily, take the doses at evenly spaced intervals (such as every 4 to 6 hours), and space them at least 2 hours apart. 

These pills can be taken with or without food, but taking them with food may reduce stomach upset and help your body absorb the drug better. 

Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take exactly as directed in the paxlovid prescription or lagevrio prescription.

What are the possible side effects of taking Covid-19 treatment medication? 

Some potential side effects of taking the Pfizer covid pill include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is also possible that  pfizer paxlovid pill may interact with other medications, so it is essential to speak with your doctor before taking this medication. 

If you are considering taking Pfizer covid pill in Florida, discuss all potential risks and benefits with your doctor. You can visit us at one of our 3 locations: Forest Hill, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach clinics or contact us online for more information.

Lagevrio is a molnupiravir prescription medication used to treat Covid-19. The most common side effects of taking Lagevrio are fatigue and headache. More rare side effects include gastrointestinal issues, skin rash, and dizziness. 

While most patients taking Lagevrio report no significant side effects, it is crucial to be aware of the potential risks before starting treatment. The treatment of the Merck covid pill in Florida is also available at our 3 urgent care clinics in West Palm Beach, Palm Springs and North Palm Beach.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms while taking Lagevrio.

Is it safe to take pill treatment for long periods? 

Yes, the treatment is generally well-tolerated, and side effects are rare. If you're considering treatment for covid-19, speak with your doctor about the potential risks and benefits. Florida has made treatment for covid-19 a priority, and many resources are available. Speak with your doctor about all of your treatment options before making a decision.

I'm pregnant/breastfeeding - can I take pill treatment for covid-19? 

As with any medication, it is always best to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new pill treatment for Covid-19. They will be able to provide you with the most up-to-date information and help you make the best decision for you and your baby.

 

Where can you have pill treatment for covid-19 in Florida?

The health and safety of our patients is always our number one priority. That's why we are proud to be the best urgent care in Florida designated to prescribe and dispense oral treatment for Covid-19. 

Our doctors carry Paxlovid and Lageviro medication in their offices and can administer it free of charge to our patients. If you are feeling ill or have been exposed to Covid-19, please visit one of our clinics as soon as possible. We want to ensure everyone who needs it has access to this life-saving medication.

Covid oral medication costs - How much do Paxlovid and Lagevrio pills cost?

COVID-19 antivirals are free to patients during public health emergency. Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches became a designated facility by the state of Florida to prescribe and dispense oral medication to treat COVID-19. Our urgent care doctors carry Paxlovid and Lagevrio (Molnupiravir) medications in the doctor’s office, and dispense to our patients free of charge. 

Important note: There may be costs associated with Covid testing and/or office visit.

For more information regarding covid oral medication and possible costs associated with testing and/or office visit, please contact one of our urgent care center locations. 

We accept patients who have made appointments, as well as walk-in patients. We have several locations for your convenience, including:

 

We are happy to assist you with COVID-19 testing in any of our urgent care centers. 

We offer:  Rapid Covid Antigen Test, PCR testing, IgG Antibody Test for immunity

The tests are available at all of our 3 locations.

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For more information, you may click the following links.

Fact sheet for LAGEVRIO:

https://www.merck.com/eua/molnupiravir-patient-fact-sheet-english.pdf

Fact sheet for PAXLOVID:

https://labeling.pfizer.com/ShowLabeling.aspx?id=16473

Florida Department of Health:

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/treatment/

 

Sources:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35118917/

https://www.goodrx.com/conditions/covid-19/covid-19-pill-paxlovid-molnupiravir

https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/ema-issues-advice-use-lagevrio-molnupiravir-treatment-covid-19

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7815333/



 

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