Compare Crestor vs. Praluent

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Crestor (rosuvastatin)

Prescription only

Praluent (alirocumab)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of the most effective statins to improve cholesterol. It's also available as a generic.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 751 reviewsforCrestor
Lowers cholesterol.

If diet, exercise and statin medications aren't lowering your cholesterol enough, using Praluent (alirocumab) with them can help.

Upsides
  • It's a good first choice medicine for lowering cholesterol levels when diet and exercise aren't enough.
  • Slows down the buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels, otherwise known as a hardening of the arteries.
  • In clinical studies, Crestor (rosuvastatin) has the strongest effect on lowering "bad" cholesterol compared to other statins.
  • Can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • Available as a generic drug.
  • Praluent (alirocumab) is effective in lowering bad cholesterol in people with heart problems due to plaque in their arteries or people who inherited bad cholesterol (HeFH).
  • Many health insurance and Medicare plans cover the cost of Praluent (alirocumab). If you are uninsured, Praluent (alirocumab) has a Patient Assistance Program that may be able to cover the cost.
  • You don't have to take Praluent (alirocumab) every day. It's taken every 2 weeks or once a month, for some.
Downsides
  • You're more likely to have side effects if you're a female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or take more than one medicine for cholesterol.
  • People with liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes are also more likely to have side effects from Crestor (rosuvastatin).
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant since it can hurt the fetus.
  • Praluent (alirocumab) should be taken with other cholesterol-lowering drugs. The two drugs work together to lower your bad cholesterol.
  • You must take care to keep Praluent (alirocumab) cool if you're traveling or away from home. You may pack it in a travel cooler but do not freeze your Praluent (alirocumab).
  • Praluent (alirocumab) only comes as an injection.
  • You can only use each Praluent (alirocumab) pen once. This can become expensive.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
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60%
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Side effects
The Crestor (rosuvastatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
12possible side effects
  • Common cold
    11%
  • Injection site reaction
    7%
  • Influenza
    6%
  • Urinary tract infection
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Bronchitis
    4%
  • Muscle pain
    4%
  • Muscle spasms
    3%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Confusion
    2%
  • Pain in bones, joints, and muscles
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Elevated INR
    • Taking Coumadin (warfarin)
  • Muscle pain
    • Age 65 or older
    • Taking higher doses of Crestor (rosuvastatin)
  • Increased blood sugars
    • Diabetes
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
  • Birth defects
    • Pregnancy
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