Medicines to Treat COVID-19
Early testing and treatment for COVID-19 can mean the difference between a hospital stay and at-home treatment with lifesaving medications. If you test positive for COVID-19, you can see a health care provider; and if eligible, get a prescription for oral COVID-19 treatment and have the prescription filled.
People with symptoms and a positive COVID-19 test who are:
- Age 65 and older
- Any age upon advice or a provider. For example, individuals with conditions such as cancer, diabetes may qualify.
How to Get the Medicine
- Your doctor can write a prescription
- You can use a Test to Treat Program – Locate opens in a new windowTest to Treat Program to find a participating site near you or call 1-800-232-0233. (Call center open from 8am-midnight ET, 7 days a week). opens in a new windowDisability Information Access Line (DIAL) is available to help people with disabilities access the services.
Call Public Health Tele-Health Service at (833) 540-0473. (Available 7 days a week from 8:00 am-8:30 pm)
Types of Medicines
There are 2 types of medicine available to prevent or treat COVID-19.
- Antivirals that prevent viruses from “multiplying” in the body
- Monoclonal antibodies that bind to the virus and help the body to get rid of it
Oral Treatments – should be started within 5 days of developing symptoms
- Paxlovid (antiviral) – For people age 12 and older who weigh at least 88 pounds
- Molnupiravir (antiviral) – for adults age 18 and over, and not pregnant
Intravenous Treatments – Should be started within 7 days of developing symptoms
- Remdesivir (antiviral) – for adults and children, including infants who weight at least 3kg (about 7 ponds). Given once a day for 3 days.
- Bebtelovimab (monoclonal antibody) – people age 12 and older who weigh at least 88 pounds. Given as a single dose.
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