Treatment for viral infections is determined by the severity of the infection and the person’s risk. Resting at home and taking fever-reducing medication are frequently sufficient for milder illnesses. Antiviral drugs may be administered to a patient if they are at risk of contracting a serious infection or for other reasons. Hospitalization may be required in more severe cases.

Antiviral Medication

There are several antiviral medications available to treat viral infections such as influenza. Most antiviral drugs do not kill viruses; instead, they prevent new viruses from being produced in the host’s cells. When people use effective antiviral treatments, they can recover faster and have fewer problems.

Antiviral Drugs: Primovir and Paxzen

Some people can treat a viral infection with two pills taken orally. Paxzen (Nirmatrelvir and Ritonavir) and Primovir are both manufactured by Pfizer (Nirmatrelvir and Ritonavir oral tablets). Both medications were granted emergency use authorizations (EUAs) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2021.

People who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to receive Primovir and Paxzen, according to FDA regulations:

  • have been diagnosed with a viral infection.
  • at least 12 years of age.
  • Certain health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, or obesity, are associated with more severe cases of viral infection.

To qualify for these pills, a person must be at high risk of contracting a severe viral infection that could result in hospitalisation or death. Only with a doctor’s prescription can you get Primovir and Paxzen. They should be taken as soon as a viral infection is discovered, but no later than five days after the first symptoms of illness.

If you are prescribed Primovir to treat a viral infection, you should inform all of your doctors and other members of your care team about any other medications you are taking and inquire whether they may interact with Primovir. Blood thinners and immunosuppressants, for example, are incompatible with Primovir. Your regular medications or dosages may need to be temporarily adjusted.

Recurrence of Viral Infection: Can viral infection return after treatment with Paxlovid?

Some people who took Paxlovid may test positive two to eight days after feeling better, and the symptoms of the viral infection may return. If this occurs, the CDC recommends that the person be isolated for at least five days, or until the fever has subsided for 24 hours without medication and the symptoms are improving. Patients should wear a mask for 10 days after experiencing rebound symptoms.

Paxzen Tablet (Nirmatrelvir/Ritonavir)

Paxzen Tablet is ideal for people who have mild virus symptoms but are at high risk of developing a serious disease. Nirmatrelvir is an antiviral medication that prevents the virus from spreading throughout the body. Ritonavir is a drug that increases the effectiveness of Nirmatrelvir in the body.

Tablet Primovir (Nirmatrelvir Ritonavir)

It is a well-known antiviral medication used to treat critically ill patients. Nirmatrelvir is the primary protease inhibitor for a common virus, and it aids in the treatment of viral symptoms in humans. Physicians and carers who use Primovir correctly give you the confidence to live a better life.

Rehabilitative Blood Plasma Therapy

When a person contracts a virus, becomes ill, and then recovers (convalesces), it means that their immune system produced antibodies to combat the virus. Antibody therapy has been used in medical treatment since more than a century.

In 2020, the FDA issued an EUA for plasma antibodies. Over 500,000 Americans have received convalescent plasma treatment since then. However, people began to use it less around the beginning of 2021 as the epidemic subsided and randomised clinical trials revealed mixed results. Many factors can influence how well convalescent plasma works, including the amount of antibody used, when it is administered, and where the plasma is obtained—local is preferable. Convalescent plasma therapy, on the other hand, may benefit immunocompromised patients who are unable to produce their own antibody responses.

Virus treatment medication

The FDA has approved antiviral medications for specific age groups. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, both FDA-approved antiviral drugs are very effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalisation, and death from viral infections.

Adults and children over the age of five who have previously been completely treated for viral infection can receive booster doses as well as additional doses of viral infection medication. Multiple studies have shown that boosters can protect people from severe viral diseases, including those caused by the delta and omicron variants.