Covid warning: Treatment against Omicron could interfere with other medications

The liver enzyme, CYP3A, is responsible for breaking down a lot of commonly prescribed medications.

Blood thinners, statins and other heart medications are targeted by the enzyme.

Heart conditions are a major comorbidity for the coronavirus and this may limit how often these antiviral pills can be used.

A doctor may advise the pausing of medications such as statins in order to prescribe Paxlovid, but this requires judgement on a case by case basis.

The antiviral pills are only intended for use over a five-day period until symptoms subside or more serious treatment becomes necessary.


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