Alirocumab

Pronounced

"AL-i-ROK-ue-mab"

Uses

Alirocumab is used along with a proper diet and maximally tolerated "statin" drugs to help lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. It is used by people who have an inherited condition that causes high levels of LDL or who have blockage in the heart blood vessels, who need more lowering of LDL levels. Alirocumab belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. It works by improving how well your body gets rid of LDL cholesterol.

In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using alirocumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Before use, take alirocumab out of the refrigerator and let it warm up to room temperature for 30 to 40 minutes. Do not heat this medication any other way, such as by heating in the microwave or placing in hot water. Use the medication as soon as possible after it has warmed up. Do not keep alirocumab at room temperature for more than 24 hours.

Do not shake this medication. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.

Inject this medication under the skin of the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm as directed by your doctor, usually once every 2 weeks. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin. Do not inject into any areas of skin that are injured, tender, hard, red, or hot.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the day on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.

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