FAQ: COVID-19 Treatment
There are many treatments available for COVID-19, many of which have been granted emergency use authorization (“EUA”) by the FDA. If you’re diagnosed with COVID-19, you should discuss treatment options with your primary doctor.
Outpatient therapies: See our COVID-19 Outpatient Treatments page for the latest on this outpatient treatment option as well as the other outpatient therapies, such as FDA authorized antiviral pills Paxlovid (Pfizer) and Molnupiravir (Merck).
Treatments for hospitalized patients: There are also several treatments for hospitalized patients, including remdesivir — the only drug to gain full FDA approval for the treatment of COVID-19.
Clinical trials: View active COVID-19 clinical trials that UCLA Health is participating in. Clinical trials are available for non-hospitalized patients, hospitalized patients and others.
Yes. There are four COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use or approved by the FDA. You can find more information on our vaccine information hub.
Yes. There are three monoclonal antibody therapies that the FDA authorized for emergency use to treat symptomatic, high-risk COVID-19 patients in the outpatient setting. Given by infusion, this treatment helps reduce the risk of hospitalization among particularly vulnerable adults.
UCLA Health receives a limited weekly supply of sotrovimab, the only monoclonal antibody that works against the currently circulating variants, from L.A. County. Casirivimab/imdevimab (manufactured by Regeneron) and bamlanivimab/etesevimab (manufactured by Eli Lilly), are not effective against the currently circulating variants.
Find more information on outpatient monoclonal antibody therapies on our COVID-19 Outpatient Treatments page.
UCLA Health also offers monoclonal antibody therapies for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as part of ongoing clinical trials.
No. There are clinical trials testing the use of fluvoxamine and metformin to treat patients with COVID-19. UCLA Health is not participating in these trials, and neither drug has been approved for use.
UCLA infectious diseases experts strongly recommend against the use of fluvoxamine and metformin to treat or prevent COVID-19. Do not take these drugs unless they are prescribed by your doctor.
For more information, please consult your primary care physician.