StarMed Healthcare will soon offer an antiviral pill to treat patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms. It is the first pill offered to treat the virus and is most effective when it’s taken within five days since you were diagnosed with COVID-19.
This therapy is not a substitute for a COVID-19 vaccine.
It is the first pill offered to treat the virus and is most effective when it’s taken within five days of being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The pill, manufactured by Merck and called “Molnupiravir,” was shown in clinical trials to reduce COVID-19 patients’ chance of hospitalization and death by 30 percent.
You can sign up for a cost-free Virtual Visit from the comfort of your own home or call from one of our testing locations to speak with a provider who can prescribe you this treatment. The treatment is most effective if you begin as soon as you’re diagnosed with COVID-19.
This is not a substitute for a COVID-19 vaccination, which is still your best defense against the virus.
This pill is for high-risk adults who are over 60 or those who are younger but have other conditions that put them at high risk of bad outcomes from COVID-19, like comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity.
We are currently waiting on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve Molnupiravir for emergency use authorization (EUA). We will begin treatment at that time.
All COVID-19 related treatments are being provided to you cost-free with or without insurance.
Currently, COVID-19 treatments require infusions. A pill treatment is quicker, easier, and could ultimately reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths.
It works like most antiviral drugs, by inhibiting the ability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to replicate. Doctors hope that they can treat COVID-19 much the same way they do the flu with pills like Tamiflu.
No, a COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself from getting the virus and spreading it to others. The pill doesn’t replace a vaccine. The more people that get vaccinated, the faster we can eliminate the pandemic.
Since pregnant women were not a part of the study to show the pills safety, it is not recommended since we do not know if the medication can cause any issues to your baby. For women from the ages of 12-51 a negative pregnancy test is needed to prescribe this medication.
The most common side effects reported are nausea and vomiting. No significant side effects were reported in the study.
As of right now we do not have enough information about the Omicron variant to know if the pill is effective. It is effective against the Delta variant.
If you have recently contracted COVID-19, this antiviral pill treatment has been proven to significantly reduce the likelihood of severe symptoms and hospitalization. If you would like to speak with one of our providers, please schedule your Virtual Visit by clicking the button below.