What drug does Biden use to treat? "COVID-19"

US President Joe Biden began treatment with the antiviral drug Paxlovid after being diagnosed with Covid-19 last Thursday.

On Saturday, July 23, the White House physician reported that President Biden developed body aches, a sore throat, a runny nose, fatigue, and an occasional dry cough, and was responding well to Paxlovid therapy.

Notably, Biden received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine shortly before taking office, the first dose in September and an additional booster dose on March 30.

Dr. Kevin S. O’Connor, the president’s physician, testified that the initial sequence indicated that Biden was infected with the BA5 mutant, which is currently the most common “Covid-19” mutant in the United States.

O’Connor said that with Biden’s use of Paxlovid, his symptoms improved.

What is Paxlovid?

Paxilvid is Pfizer’s antiviral drug that uses two drugs, nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, and comes in tablet form for patients who could become seriously ill with the coronavirus.

Nirmatilvir is a protease inhibitor that has “demonstrated antiviral activity against all coronaviruses known to infect humans,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

Ritonavir has previously been used against HIV, and for Covid-19 patients, it is a booster to help ensure there is enough nirmatilvir in the body for it to be effective.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of Paxlovid for people aged 12 and older who develop mild to moderate Covid-19 but are at high risk of developing severe illness from deadly virus such as the elderly and people who suffer from pre-existing conditions such as heart disease.

The drug has been shown to reduce the chances of hospitalization or death from Covid-19. The tablets work best if the patient takes them within five days of the onset of symptoms.

It is noteworthy that the standard treatment regimen is three tablets twice a day for five days until 30 tablets are used up.

Although the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Paxlovid for the treatment of Covid-19 in December last year, it only began allowing pharmacists to administer the drug to patients two weeks ago.

Until the beginning of July, only doctors could prescribe the drug.

Baxlovide does not have serious side effects, but symptoms can range from high blood pressure to nausea, diarrhea, and muscle pain.

Pfizer is not recommended for people with liver or kidney disease, which Biden does not suffer from.

Notably, Biden has a history of atrial fibrillation, which is characterized by an irregular heartbeat that he has suffered from since 2003.

Paxilfid may interact negatively with the medications it takes for treatment. Biden has previously taken blood thinners, which can become unsafe when taken with Paxlovid, although it is not clear if he continued to take any of these drugs after he was diagnosed with Covid-19.

The president also suffers from asthma, which is not associated with any of the risks associated with Baxylfeed, but increases the risk of developing complications from Covid-19.

Source: Daily Mail