Understanding Paxlovid: What To Do if You’re on a Blood Thinner

This month, we welcome Tara Lech, PharmD for a patient primer on Paxlovid, a COVID-19 treatment that patients can use at home. Tara is an Anticoagulation and Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and currently serves as the Thrombosis Program Manager at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA. She is also the Pharmacy Advisor on NATF’s Medical Advisory Board.

In this webinar, Tara discusses: 

  • When Paxlovid should be used
  • Who should take Paxlovid
  • How to get Paxlovid if you have a prescription
  • What to discuss with your healthcare provider before starting Paxlovid
  • What you need to know about Paxlovid if you take a blood thinner (anticoagulant)

Key Takeaways:

  • New treatments are available for high-risk patients with mild-to- moderate COVID-19 symptoms
  • Paxlovid is highly effective, but be aware of potential medication interactions
  • Always let your healthcare provider know if you’re on a blood thinner before starting therapy for COVID-19
  • There are recent reports of “rebound COVID” where patients experience COVID-19 symptoms after finishing a course of Paxlovid
    • Contact your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms after finishing treatment

Helpful Link:

COVID-19 Medication Locator: https://covid-19-therapeutics-locator-dhhs.hub.arcgis.com

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