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The new Covid pill

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Calmlocket Sat 06-Nov-21 20:24:52

The new covid pill was licensed for adults 18 and older who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have at least one risk factor for developing severe disease, such as obesity or heart disease. Patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 would take four pills of the drug, known molnupiravir, twice a day for five days.
I researched this drug molnupiravir and was alarmed to read about the potential dangers the antiviral drug molnupiravir could unleash by supercharging new SARS-CoV-2 variants. Theres a possibility that molnupiravir could lead to cancerous tumors in those patients and birth defects in the unborn.

Urmstongran Sat 06-Nov-21 20:27:13

I dither sometimes over whether to take two paracetamol for a headache.
😱

Galaxy Sat 06-Nov-21 20:29:06

For safety reasons I only ever take one paracetamol. I am aware that I am odd though grin

MayBee70 Sat 06-Nov-21 20:30:43

We are the first country to authorise it I believe.

Aveline Sat 06-Nov-21 21:54:32

I wonder what Alegrias has to say about it. I think she's knowledgeable about these things.

Calistemon Sat 06-Nov-21 22:05:11

Aveline

I wonder what Alegrias has to say about it. I think she's knowledgeable about these things.

these things

It's a new drug - does she know more than anyone else who can Google?

GrannieBabi Sat 06-Nov-21 22:09:36

I have myeloma, a blood cancer. Both the disease and the chemotherapy treatment attack the immune system, which makes me very vulnerable, I trust the licensing authorities and would have to choose death in the future from possible side effect over death next week from Covid!

Aveline Sun 07-Nov-21 07:03:43

Callistemon I think she has a scientific background. It would be helpful if she could comment on eg the process of development, how this drug might differ from others etc. Googling might only give you what the drug manufacturers have posted. Drugs are commercially sensitive.

Alegrias1 Sun 07-Nov-21 07:18:13

My ears are burning 😂.

But I don't have any special knowledge or understanding of this drug or how it's been developed. But I have an opinion, like everyone else.

I started a post last night and then deleted it before I posted. Basically it echoed what GrannieBabi said. Take the drug if you need it, or not, it's up to you. If we worry about every potential side effect of every lifesaving drug we might come across we'll never take anything.

Calmlocket Sun 07-Nov-21 07:18:50

For those who are interested theres more info here
forbes.com covid pill

BigBertha1 Sun 07-Nov-21 07:31:17

I would probably just take advice of the prescribing clinician as I do with every other medication! I am very glad and grateful for this development and there will be others in process no doubt.

Lincslass Sun 07-Nov-21 08:09:55

BigBertha1

I would probably just take advice of the prescribing clinician as I do with every other medication! I am very glad and grateful for this development and there will be others in process no doubt.

Well said.

Aveline Sun 07-Nov-21 08:41:21

Awww. I had my hopes pinned on Alegrias too. Oh well. Walks sadly away...

Alegrias1 Sun 07-Nov-21 09:55:01

Sorry Aveline sad

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