Molnupiravir is an oral medication that may be used to treat Covid-19, prevent serious symptoms, and shorten the duration of infections.
What is Molnupiravir and how does it work?
Molnupiravir is an oral antiviral medication that is currently being explored in clinical trials as a potential treatment for Covid-19. Molnupiravir works by causing genetic copying errors in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This ‘lethal mutagenesis’ affects the integrity of the virus and impairs its ability to replicate and spread.
What are the benefits of Molnupiravir as Covid-19 treatment?
Molnupiravir has demonstrated several benefits against Covid-19:
- Treatments may shorten the duration of infection and reduce the severity of symptoms.
- Molnupiravir may also reduce the amount of time it takes for the virus to clear the body and thus produce a negative Covid test result following infection.
- If administered within the first few days of infection, Molnupiravir may prevent serious symptoms.
- In October 2021, Merck announced that Molnupiravir reduced the chance of hospitalization or death by 50% in one study, as compared to study participants who took a placebo.
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Is molnupiravir safe?
One stage 2 clinical trial found that molnupiravir is both effective and well-tolerated, meaning that there were few reported side effects. Fewer than 50% of study participants reported side effects in one study. The same study found that of these reports, 93% of side effects were mild.