COVID-19 Updates 11 months ago
Hi East Cobb Peds Families,
Once again, we find ourselves in the midst of another COVID-19 surge, this time with the Omicron variant. While we are excited about the news of the first oral medication to help treat COVID-19, we are more excited about how effective the vaccines have been thus far in preventing serious disease and death with both the Delta and Omicron variants. If you have not yet received your vaccine OR booster, PLEASE schedule that as soon as possible.
We are aware that many families are curious about this new medication and how and when it will be available for use. AT THIS TIME, WE ARE NOT PRESCRIBING PAXLOVID BECAUSE IT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. New information is being released daily and we will continue to update you when information becomes available to us.
What is PAXLOVID?
PAXLOVID is a copackaged medication containing 2 main ingredients, nirmatrelvir (works on keeping the virus from replicating) and ritonavir (works to slow down the breakdown of nirmatrelvir to help it stay in the body longer). In studies of unvaccinated patients, the medication significantly reduced the proportion of people with COVID-19 related hospitalization or death by 88% compared to placebo.
Who can receive PAXLOVID?
Adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg or about 88 pounds) with positive COVID test AND who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19.
When do you need to take PAXLOVID?
PAXLOVID needs to be started as soon as possible, but within the first 5 days of illness, to be effective. It is given as 3 pills taken twice daily for 5 days.
What are the side effects of PAXLOVID?
The safety and efficacy of PAXLOVID continue to be studied, but thus far, side effects have included an impaired sense of taste, diarrhea, high blood pressure, and muscle aches. It is not recommended in patients with severe kidney or liver disease. In addition, PAXLOVID is not recommended with drugs that are dependent on certain enzymes for their breakdown. For a complete list of drugs that should not be taken with PAXLOVID, please visit https://fda.gov/media/155050/download
We want all of our ECP families to have a safe and joyful holiday season with their loved ones. Please continue to exercise caution when gathering, avoid large events, wear masks, stay home if feeling ill, and get vaccinated if you have not already done so. If your child does become ill, please bear with us while we work our hardest to get everyone seen in a timely fashion. If testing is anticipated, we request symptoms be present for AT LEAST 24 HOURS in order for tests to be more accurate.
We are all in this together and we pray for a New Year full of hope and prosperity for all of our families!
Your East Cobb Pediatrics Family
Posted: 11 months ago