Cholesterol: PCSK9 Inhibitors

Cholesterol PCSK9 Inhibitors

Repatha and Praluent are both cholesterol-lowering PCSK9 inhibitors that come in the form of injections.

Both are available in doses that can either be taken every two weeks or every four weeks.

For both Repatha and Praluent it is important that you, or your caregiver, receive the proper training on how to inject the correct dose of medication.

If you prefer not to do this, then a certified doctor or healthcare provider should be able to do this for you.

Repatha combined will statins will reportedly allow dramatically lower LDL cholesterol levels.

Side effects of Praluent include allergic reactions, redness, itching, swelling, or pain/tenderness at the injection site. There have also been reports of people experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Side effects of Repatha include flu-like symptoms, such as a runny nose or a sore throat, and redness or slight bruising around the injection site. Back pain and high blood sugar levels have also been reported as possible side effects.

Patients are advised to consult with their doctor if there are any side effects in order to determine if Praluent or Repatha is an appropriate medication for their condition.

Both Praluent and Repatha should be stored in a refrigerated environment between 36°F to 46°F until you are ready to take it.

Praluent should be allowed to warm up for 30 to 40 minutes before the initial injection, which tends to provide a more comfortable injection.

Women should not take either of these treatments if they are pregnant, or planning to be pregnant, or if they are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

A doctor or healthcare professional should be consulted with before the use of Repatha and Praluent. Together with a doctor, you should go through any and all possible allergies or health complications that will factor into whether or not either of these medications is right for you.

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