The more common name of Repatha is Evolocumab. It is used for lowering LDL or bad cholesterol in the blood. Those with increased LDL level needs to be used together with the right diet and other LDL medicines like ezetimibe, statin drugs, and LDL apheresis. It is also used by those with heart illnesses that can prevent strokes and heart attacks. Monoclonal antibodies are the classification of the drug. Such class can help to improve how the body gets rid of the bad cholesterol.
To get even better, aside from eating the right food, it is also best to change lifestyles such as losing weight, physical workout, and cessation of vices like alcohol and cigarette smoking.
Way of usage
Prior to use of the drug, it needs to be taken out from the fridge. If prefilled pen or syringe is being used, it should be allowed to be warm for at least half an hour before use. The use of on-body infusor should be kept warm for at least 45 minutes before use. The warming method should be followed as it is because using heat to quickly let it warm is not advisable like microwave use or using hot water. Shaking is also not recommended. Checking the color is also necessary as particles and discoloration may mean something else. Discard it if any is of such present.
The medication needs to be injected into the upper arm, thigh or abdomen. It is often prescribed to be given every 2 weeks or once each month.
Patients may experience pain, redness or bruise at the site of injection. There might also be allergic reaction although with very rare cases. It may include swelling of the throat, face, and tongue, rashes, the difficulty of breathing and itching. If any of such became worse, it is best to notify the doctor immediately.
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