If you test positive for COVID-19, tell your care team right away to help determine the best treatment. In most cases treatment of COVID includes rest, over-the-counter medicines for headache or fever, drinking plenty of water, and taking steps to lower the chances of spreading the virus to other people.
If you are at high risk of becoming very ill, there are other treatments that may be recommended. These need to be taken within the first few days of getting COVID to be most effective. How well these therapies work may also depend on the specific variant or strain of the virus.
COVID treatment focuses on:
Some treatments include:
Some treatments for COVID might have side effects or interact with medications you may be taking. Talk with your health care team to find out what treatments are right for you.
COVID-19 Treatment: Effect on Heart Medications
The combination of nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (also known as Paxlovid) has received emergency use authorization from the FDA. It's an antiviral treatment for people 12 and older to help prevent severe illness from COVID-19. However, use of this medication may require putting off or adjusting other medications you might be taking, such as blood thinners, drugs for heart rhythm problems, or cholesterol-lowering medications.
Before starting treatment for COVID, such as Paxlovid, talk with your health care team about the medications you’re taking, and the benefits and drawbacks of treatment.You might have to consider what it means for you to take a medication to prevent severe COVID if you are also required to stop or lower the amount of another drug that you normally take. After understanding the options, you can decide together what’s best for you.
Clinical trials are ongoing to test treatments for COVID-19. Cardiologists are involved to make sure these therapies 1) don’t interfere with the medications that people with heart conditions commonly take and 2) don’t harm the heart (for example, to be sure they don’t trigger dangerous heartbeats).For the latest updates on treatment for COVID-19, visit NIH’s COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines.