Compare Crestor vs. Praluent
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of the most effective statins to improve cholesterol. It's also available as a generic.
If diet, exercise and statin medications aren't lowering your cholesterol enough, using Praluent (alirocumab) with them can help.
- 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.
- 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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- Common cold11%
- Injection site reaction7%
- Urinary tract infection5%
- Muscle pain4%
- Muscle spasms3%
- Sinus infection3%
- Pain in bones, joints, and muscles2%
- Elevated INR
- Taking Coumadin (warfarin)
- Muscle pain
- Age 65 or older
- Taking higher doses of Crestor (rosuvastatin)
- Increased blood sugars
- Liver damage
- Heavy alcohol use
- Prior history of chronic liver disease
- Birth defects
- Allergic reaction