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Paxlovid: An antiviral medicine for COVID-19 is available in Sasuke.OUS News

Here’s everything you need to know about accessing the COVID-19 antiviral drug Paxlovid in Saskatchewan.

According to Health Canada, the antiviral drug Paxlovid is a pill-based medicine that can limit the severity of COVID-19 when taken in the early stages of an infection with mild to moderate symptoms.

The drug first became available in Saskatchewan in January 2022. Since then, it has been distributed to pharmacies throughout the province.

The medicine is recommended for adults 18 years of age and older who test positive for COVID-19 and are at increased risk of severe symptoms requiring hospitalization.

Paxlovid is available at many pharmacies throughout Saskatchewan, including major centers such as Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw.

These include Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, FreshCo, Rexall, Sherwood Co-op, Walmart, Sobeys, Medicine Shoppe and many more.

According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Paxlovid is currently available at 251 locations across the province.

A complete list of pharmacies, as well as an interactive map, can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website.

Treatment with Paxlovid consists of three tablets taken every 12 hours for five days. According to the SHA, treatment with Paxlovid should begin within five days of the onset of symptoms.

Health Canada warns that antivirals can interact with numerous medications, including heart medications, some antibiotics, hormonal contraceptives, and medications used to treat erectile dysfunction, blood cholesterol and seasonal allergies.

A complete list of drug interactions can be found on the Health Canada website.