Tecovirimat is used to treat mpox. It's for people with severe disease or those at high risk of developing severe disease, such as people with weakened immune systems. It may help you become less sick and stay out of hospital. Read more about mpox.
Tecovirimat isn't recommended for use in people with milder mpox symptoms. When tecovirimat is prescribed too often to people with milder mpox symptoms, it may increase the chance that the mpox virus develops resistance to the medication. This means the medicine may no longer work for mpox.
Tecovirimat has not been approved by Medsafe
Tecovirimat is currently available for people with mpox although it hasn’t been approved by Medsafe yet. Your doctor will talk to you about the risks and benefits of this medicine, so that you have enough information to make a decision. If you choose to take tecovirimat, your doctor will ask you to give your consent by signing a form. Read more about unapproved medicines.
Supply of tecovirimat
Tecovirimat won't be available straight away at your pharmacy. They will need to order it for you after they've received your prescription.