Repatha is a medication that is used in adults who have cardiovascular disease and children who have an excessive amount of bad cholesterol. This helps prevent patients from having a heart attack, stroke, and various other conditions. Repatha works by lowering the bad cholesterol to keep you healthy. The medication is available in 2 different strengths, 140mg/mL and 420mg/3.5mL which are available in either a pen, prefilled syringe, or solution cartridge.

Why would my doctor prescribe me Repatha? I’m already taking a statin for my cholesterol.
Repatha works along with your statin to lower your bad cholesterol levels in your body in addition to a healthy diet.

Is Repatha a statin? I had muscle pain and bad side effects from my statin.
Repatha is not a statin. It can be used alone to treat high cholesterol. Additionally, Repatha does not cause muscle pain. However, this does not mean it does not have side effects.

What are the side effects of Repatha?
The most common side effects of Repatha are flu symptoms and common cold. This medication can also cause redness, itching, and pain at the injection site. If any of these side effects bother you or last for a while, let your doctor know. A far less common, but more serious effect of Reptha is can cause an allergic reaction in a small number of patients. If you experience a severe rash, severe itching, a swollen face, or trouble breathing, call 911 right away.

Is Repatha right for me?
Talk to your doctor to find out if this medication or any other medication is right for you.

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Written by: William Huang

Temple University School of Pharmacy

PharmD Class of 2020