The most common side effects of PCSK9-inhibitors are cold or flu-like symptoms and allergic skin reactions. PCSK9-inhibitors are a newer type of medicine. They are used to treat high cholesterol. This medicine is given by injection. This table shows how many people out of 100 taking a PCSK9-inhibitor for up to one year may have common side effects.
In studies, many of these same symptoms happen to people taking a placebo. A placebo is an injection that has no medicine in it. This means it is sometimes hard to tell if the symptom is caused by the medicine or has another cause. Also, the long-term safety of PCSK9-inhibitors is uncertain.
Some people taking PCSK9-inhibitors have had serious allergic reactions. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms:
- trouble breathing
- swelling of your face, mouth, eyes, or nose
Most people don’t have side effects when taking PCSK9-inhibitors. Luckily, the most common side effects tend to be minor. Still, always talk to your doctor if you have concerns or experience side effects.
Side effects may be few, but tell your doctor if they happen to you!