Praluent

(alirocumab)

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Lowers cholesterol.

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

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Quick facts about Praluent
  • Drug class: cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Praluent (alirocumab) works to help the liver remove bad (LDL) cholesterol from the blood.

Quick facts about Praluent
  • Drug class: cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Praluent (alirocumab) for High cholesterol

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  • Possible side effects
  • Common cold
  • Injection site reaction
  • Influenza
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Bronchitis
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Side effect rates for Praluent (alirocumab)

From 3752 clinical trials of Praluent when taken for high cholesterol
  • Common cold
    11%11%
    11%11%
  • Injection site reaction
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Influenza
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Urinary tract infection
    5%5%
    5%5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Bronchitis
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Muscle pain
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Muscle spasms
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Sinus infection
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Cough
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Confusion
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Pain in bones, joints, and muscles
    2%2%
    2%2%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Praluent.

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People taking Praluent felt side effect more

People taking Praluent felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Praluent (alirocumab)

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  • Praluent (alirocumab) can cause a severe allergic reaction. Go to the nearest emergency room right away if you develop a rash, a swollen face, or have trouble breathing.