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What is Repatha?

Merle Myerson, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Repatha is an FDA-approved PCSK9 inhibitor, which is an injectable drug that was developed to help lower high cholesterol. In this video, cardiologist Merle Myerson, MD, explains how effective this PCSK9 inhibitor can be in lowering LDL cholesterol.
Repatha is an injectable anticholesterol drug prescribed for patients with hypercholesterolemia. This inherited disorder prevents the body from eliminating cholesterol normally, leading to a buildup in the body and an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease. It may also be given to patients with cardiovascular disease for whom other medications have not adequately lowered cholesterol. Repatha (evolocumab) blocks the production of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Allergic reactions are possible, including rash and hives; other side effects include stuffy nose, flu-like symptoms, and back pain. Depending on your condition, your doctor will prescribe injections either once a month or every other week. Repatha is supplied in a self-injector; your healthcare provider will explain how to store and use it. Follow label directions carefully. 

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