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NIRMATRELVIR; RITONAVIR (nir ma trel vir; ri TOE na veer) treats COVID-19. It is an antiviral medication. It may decrease the risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19. It may also decrease the chance of going to the hospital. This medication is not approved by the FDA. The FDA has authorized emergency use of this medication during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Take this medication by mouth with water. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Swallow the tablets whole. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take all of this medication unless your care team tells you to stop it early. Keep taking it even if you think you are better.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. While it may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Get rid of any unused medication after the expiration date.
To get rid of medications that are no longer needed or have expired:
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Do not take this medication with any of the following medications:
This medication may also interact with the following medications:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can unless it is more than 8 hours late. If it is more than 8 hours late, skip the missed dose. Take the next dose at the normal time. Do not take extra or 2 doses at the same time to make up for the missed dose.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medication. Visit your care team for regular checkups. Tell your care team if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
If you have untreated HIV infection, this medication may lead to some HIV medications not working as well in the future.
Birth control may not work properly while you are taking this medication. Talk to your care team about using an extra method of birth control.
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