Book an appointment Feather-communication-phone

The COVID-19 Pill: Antiviral Medicine to Fight COVID-19

Speak to a board-certified doctor to see if the COVID-19 pill is right for you. You may qualify if you are:

• Within 5 days of experiencing mild to moderate COVID symptoms
• Confirmed to be COVID-19 positive via PCR or rapid antigen test
• Felt to be at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection

Speak to a Doctor Now

Our Insurance Partners

We accept these insurance plans and many more. Without insurance, appointments are just $129.

What Is the COVID-19 Pill?

What Is the COVID-19 Pill?

The COVID-19 pills are a new treatment for COVID-19 that can be taken at home after experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. Both the Pfizer COVID-19 pill and the Merck COVID-19 pill are FDA authorized, and are currently the only COVID medications that can be taken at home, rather than in a hospital.

 

The Pfizer COVID medication, Paxlovid, is taken twice daily for 5 days, within 5 days of onset of COVID symptoms. Three pills are taken twice daily for a total of 5 days. Each carton contains 30 tablets divided in 5 daily-dose blister cards. The Merck COVID pill is taken twice a day, for 5 days. Both medications must be taken within 5 days of COVID symptom onset in order to be effective.

How Does the COVID-19 Pill Work?

How Does the COVID-19 Pill Work?

The COVID-19 pills are antiviral COVID-19 medications that work by blocking how the SARS-CoV-2 virus replicates. Without being able to replicate, the COVID-19 virus dies. If you are within 5 days of experiencing mild to moderate COVID symptoms, are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive via a PCR or rapid antigen test, and are deemed to be at high risk, a PlushCare doctor can prescribe you the COVID-19 pills to take at home.

Our Patients Love Us

Our Patients Love Us

PlushCare maintains a 97% patient satisfaction rating and has treated over 415,000 patients. You can speak with a top doctor from your phone or computer, get diagnosed, and prescribed medication for COVID if you qualify. PlushCare only employs doctors who are graduates of the top 50 U.S. medical schools. We’re really proud of the high-quality care and convenience we offer to our patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are early symptoms of COVID-19 infection?

Early symptoms of COVID-19 infection are usually a fever, followed by a cough and muscle pain.

How long does it take for COVID-19 symptoms to start showing?

COVID-19 symptoms can begin 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Are there any FDA-approved drugs for COVID-19?

The FDA authorized Pfizer’s COVID treatment pill on December 22, 2021. The FDA also authorized the Merck COVID pill on December 23, 2021.

How effective is the COVID-19 pill?

The new treatments for COVID-19 are very effective. The Pfizer COVID-19 pill was shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 89%, while the Merck COVID-19 pill was shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 30%. However, it is important to know that the COVID-19 pill is not a substitute for the vaccine, and vaccinated patients who receive these COVID medications will likely have even better recovery outcomes than those who are unvaccinated.

How can I treat symptoms of COVID-19 at home?

At-home COVID treatment also includes getting lots of rest, staying hydrated, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers as needed, such as acetaminophen. Once prescribed by a doctor, the COVID-19 pills can be taken at home to speed up and improve recovery.

How long does it take to recover from COVID-19?

For mild cases, recovery can take 2-4 weeks from the time that symptoms begin. For moderate cases, recovery can take up to 6 weeks or even longer. In vaccinated patients, recovery can be sooner. COVID medication could improve recovery time as well. The COVID-19 pill is not a substitute for the vaccine, and vaccinated patients who receive these COVID medications have the best chance of recovery.

Can vaccinated individuals get the COVID-19 pill?

Yes, anyone with mild to moderate COVID symptoms can take the COVID-19 pill within the first 5 days of symptom onset, to reduce severity of symptoms. Your doctor may ask to see your COVID-19 test results, prior to prescribing the COVID-19 pill.

Can I use the COVID-19 pill instead of getting vaccinated?

The COVID-19 pill is not a substitute for getting vaccinated. The most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and its spread is to get vaccinated. Although vaccinated individuals can still get COVID-19, the COVID-19 pill will have the best outcomes for vaccinated individuals.

How can I prevent COVID-19?

The most effective way to prevent COVID-19 remains to wash your hands frequently, socially distance, wear a mask, and get vaccinated. Vaccinated individuals have the least risk of contracting COVID-19, and vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19 have less severe symptoms and a quicker recovery time.

How it Works

  • Book

    Book a same day appointment from anywhere. Why wait?

  • Chat

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

  • Pick up

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy or by mail.

Download our free mobile app

Get on-demand access to a doctor on your phone with the free PlushCare mobile app

PlushCare mobile app appointment list

Over 415,000 patients cared for.

  • PlushCare-logo-icon-web

    Lisa S.

    Crystal Lake, IL

    DR. Allan Marks has helped my daughter two times and we cannot recommend them enough. My daughter has ADHD and can't wait in a waiting room forever. This was the fastest and easiest way to get my daughter diagnosed and pick up a script. One time we used this service when no other doctor was open. Plush care was available! My daughter didn't have to even leave the house in 6 degree weather (would have made her MORE SICK). She had severe sinus infection and Dr. was not only clear and nice but looked up holiday pharmacy hours ahead of time to make sure I could pick up the script in time! AWESOME! 2nd time went just as smooth. Thank you!

  • PlushCare-logo-icon-web

    Patrick S.

    Alpharetta, GA

    Wow. Wow. Wow. This is so easy and quick. I had a cold virus that turned into a sinus infection. I pulled over on my way to a meeting to video chat w a doctor. He was attentive, kind, and efficient. After a few questions, he diagnosed my ailment. The call took less than 10 mins. Prescription was at the pharmacy later that day. I will be a client for a long time. Thank you.

  • PlushCare-logo-icon-web

    Sarela88

    I never review Apps, but this has been the quickest and most convenient doctor experience(s) I’ve ever had. It cost me no more than what I would have paid to visit an office. I’ve had two appointments and one was done in the comfort of my own living room and the second on my break at work. As a full time worker, full time student, and full time mom, the convenience cannot be beat. I met with Dr. Saremi who is very personable and kind. He immediately resolved my reasons for calling during both appointments. He was competent and trustworthy and valued my time. Can’t recommend this enough.