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The pills have to be started as soon as possible, within five days of the start of symptoms. Cough, headache, fever, the loss of taste or smel…

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The pills are expected to be effective against omicron because they don’t target the spike protein where most of the variant’s worrisome mutat…

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The antiviral pills aren’t for everyone who gets a positive test. The pills are intended for those with mild or moderate COVID-19 who are more…

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Merck’s molnupiravir is not authorized for children because it might interfere with bone growth. It also isn't recommended for pregnant women …

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You'll need a prescription first from a doctor or other authorized health worker. The U.S. government is buying the pills from Merck and Pfize…

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THURSDAY, Dec. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans now have two oral antiviral pills that can be taken at home to treat a fresh case of COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the emergency use of the molnupiravir pill from Merck for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in people who have just tested positive.

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As people get older, their pillbox often gets larger. Many people take multiple pills each day, some of them prescribed many years ago. This raises the risk of not only harmful drug interactions but also dangerous side effects. Prescriptions need to be updated regularly, because your body may react differently to drugs if your weight or your metabolism changes.

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