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Myths & Facts

Myths and Facts about bad cholesterol

We know you want to learn more about how to manage your cholesterol. But with so many sources of information available, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or even misinformed. Have you heard any of these common myths about bad cholesterol? The Truth about each MYTH may surprise you!


Having high levels of bad cholesterol is not as important as other risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.


Smoking, cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes are ALL considered MAJOR controllable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.


Having high levels of bad cholesterol can’t hurt you as long as you feel okay.


High levels of bad cholesterol is one of the major causes of atherosclerosis, a serious condition that is the most common cause of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It most often starts early in life and progresses slowly, usually with no symptoms. Even if you feel fine, getting and keeping your bad cholesterol levels at the recommended goal is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of atherosclerosis.


Making healthy changes, such as eating better and exercising more, is all anyone needs to manage cholesterol levels.


Making healthy lifestyle changes is an important first step toward lowering your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. However, for some people this may not be enough. Talk to your doctor about your options.

Knowing the FACTS can help you understand the risks of high levels of bad cholesterol.
The effect of PRALUENT on heart problems such as heart attacks, stroke, or death is not known.

Adding PRALUENT could make your bad cholesterol PLUNGE

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Do not use PRALUENT if you are allergic to alirocumab or to any of the ingredients in PRALUENT.

Before starting PRALUENT, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including allergies, and if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are taking or plan to take, including natural or herbal remedies.

PRALUENT can cause serious side effects, including allergic reactions that can be severe and require treatment in a hospital. Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction, including a severe rash, redness, severe itching, a swollen face, or trouble breathing.

The most common side effects of PRALUENT include: redness, itching, swelling, or pain/tenderness at the injection site, symptoms of the common cold; and flu or flu-like symptoms. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Talk to your healthcare provider about the right way to prepare and give yourself a PRALUENT injection and follow the "Instructions for Use" that comes with PRALUENT.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.