Any one taking Repatha shots for extreme high Cholesterol having any good or bad results? I'm on my second injection which is a once a month dosage!! I can not take statin drugs have tried them all. My cholesterol has continue to climb each year and now it is 546. My blood pressure has always been low or normal never high but this year it started climbing so now I'm on blood pressure meds. I have had no side effects so far and will have my cholesterol check again next month.
Repatha for High Cholesterol - Cholesterol Support
Had a quick look on this medication as this is new to me and I want to learn.
What is Repatha used for?
Evolocumab is used to help lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. ... For people who have a different inherited condition that causes high levels of LDL (homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia), it is used along with a proper diet and other LDL-lowering treatments (such as "statin" drugs, ezetimibe, LDL apheresis)."
"Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
Pain, redness, tenderness, or bruising at the injection site.
Cold symptoms, such as a stuffy nose, sore throat, or sneezing.
Were you given full explanation before you started this new medication?
Repatha is fairly new and I have had no side effect. Yes they explained in full details about the drug!! I was just wondering if anyone else was taking Repatha and how it was working for them!!! Mine is inherited and this drug was available for me to try. I will know more on how it works after I have my cholesterol checked again. I will post that when I do!! Thanks for your reply!!
I too have started taking repatha. Mine to is inherited high cholesterol. I am not overweight. I wrk out regularly and brisk walk regularly as well as eating very healthy diet for many years.
But couldn't reduce my extremely high cholesterol level and ldl level by natural means.
I was on statins and had very bad side effects and still live with muscle problems even though I came off them years ago.
I inject my repatha every two weeks and after two injections my cholesterol had reduced already from 9.9 to 7.25 and lad from over 7 to 4.8.
I am now on this medication for six months and am really optimistic.
I have had none of the awful side effects from statins. I do bruise sometimes after the injection up I do bruise easily anyway and I do have a tender stomach forabout 24 hours after injection but completely acceptable.
The most inconvenient aspect for me is that I am retired and we travel a lot. The repatha has to be kept refrigerated so travelling isn't easy. So far I have been able to work around but have yet to take through customs so not sure quite how that works.
But good luck with yours and hope it is successful
As I understand it, it's approved by NICE if your LDL is persistently above 5 and you've exhausted cheaper treatments. nice.org.uk/guidance/ta394/...
However, many CCGs have yet to enact the NICE approval (which was in June 2016 but even the June 2017 editions of many CCG Formulary publications still incorrectly list it as "in progress" - that's if you can even find their Formulary because every CCG's website is structured differently) which I think is because they fear the cost implications, so your doctor (whether GP or hospital, I think) has to request approval case-by-case, by making an Individual Funding Request (IFR). It's an official postcode lottery - thank you very much David Cameron and Andrew Lansley(!)
I only inject once a month with no bruising!! I have had no side effects excited to see how much it goes down!! When you say 9.9 on your results what point system is that they always tell me like last time 546? Just curious on what the difference is!! Thanks for your reply!!! Will keep everyone posted!!
I am feeling better!! Before I had constipation feeling sluggish all the time no energy now I'm more energetic. All seems to be doing GREAT!! I'm so excited I always worried about having a heart attack or a stroke due to my High Cholesterol. My Cholesterol has been extremely high for over 25 yrs. Had a heart scan which is a new test and it showed no blockages. At my age of 67 that was good news. May be all in my mind but Ill take it!!! Praise God this is working!!!
Repatha has turned on me Bad Side Effects!!!! Yes it brought down my numbers but with consequences!! Gained 30 Ibs. in 5 months developed lots of lipoma's (fatty tumors) in stomach and neck area, raspy voice , aching in bones, rapid heart beat, back aching all the time, my cataracts grew very rapidly had to have them removed. Now I am having Thyroid problems. My whole system is out of sorts. Now no one can say Repatha started all these problems but they develop after I started taking Repatha. I only had 5 injections!!! I have been off since February and now my numbers went right back up !!! Back to square one and trying to get my weight off. I am taking voice therapy to regain my voice!! If you are taking Repatha please keep a watch on yourself.
I had to stop the Repatha it was terrible.. I am just now getting back to normal but I still have the fatty tumors... I went on Weight Watchers and lost the 30 LBS. all the extreme aching finally subsided.. My voice did get better with therapy .. so I would say at least 10 to 12 months getting my system back in order.. I hope all is good with you it does take a while.. Nasty Stuff...
Thank you very much for your prompt response, I'm so happy to hear that you started recovering! Your reply given me some hope and confidence to look forward to the future. I honestly lost all hope and didn't know where to turn! Cardiologist and nurse no help whatsoever, They are happy & so easy to prescribe this so called meds and made out it's THE new silver bullet but when something goes wrong they don't want to know! disgraceful. Thank you for your kind words wish you all all the best.
Hang in there it will get better it just takes time.. The Repatha does work BUT oh my what a ride it will take you on.. My heart doctor has determine my body just produces high cholesterol... I am on no drugs for high cholesterol I've had all kinds of tests and all came out normal... So there is hope...