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Paxlovid medication requires a careful assessment of the situation, and the decision to start treatment is always made by a physician. The medication must be started as quickly as possible once the COVID-19 symptoms emerge.

Before starting the treatment, the COVID-19 infection must be verified with an official PCR test. The target groups of Paxlovid treatment differ from the usual risk groups regarding COVID-19 infections. 

The medication is only available to persons belonging to specific target groups

Paxlovid treatment is available to patients in the following target groups who have tested positive for COVID-19 on an official PCR test:

  1. Patients who have an illness or condition that is highly predisposing to severe coronavirus disease, regardless of the vaccinations they have received:
    • Organ or stem cell transplantation less than six months ago or ongoing use of strong anti-rejection drugs
    • Ongoing active cancer treatment 
    • Severe disorders of the immune system
  2. Patients who have an illness or condition that is highly predisposing to severe coronavirus disease, if the patient has not been vaccinated:
    • Severe chronic renal disease
    • Severe chronic pulmonary disease
    • Type 2 diabetes with medication
    • Down syndrome
  3. Patients who have an illness or condition that is predisposing to severe coronavirus disease, if the patient is over the age of 40 and unvaccinated:
    • Asthma requiring continuous medication
    • Severe heart disease
    • Neurological illness or condition that affects breathing
    • Immunosuppressive drug therapy for autoimmune disease
    • Severe chronic liver disease
    • Type 1 diabetes or adrenal insufficiency
    • Severe or moderate sleep apnoea
    • Morbid obesity BMI>40 (treatment can be considered also for patients under the age of 40 if they have not been vaccinated)
  4. Paxlovid can also be administered to patients over the age of 80 who live independently at home if they have received less than four vaccine doses. 
    Especially in the case of elderly persons, the potential loss of drug efficacy due to possible adverse and combined effects of the drug must be considered carefully.

Please note!

A previous COVID-19 infection is considered equivalent to one vaccine dose.

Persons who have only received one vaccine dose are treated as unvaccinated.

Contact us

Please contact the coronavirus helpline or the medical helpline if you belong to the target group of the medication and have a positive result from a coronavirus test.

Contact by phone

Medical helpline 116 117, open 24/7. Call if your assessment is that you need care for your injury or sudden illness within 24 hours.

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