The recommended starting dose of alirocumab is 75 mg injected subcutaneously (under the skin) every 2 weeks. Depending on the effectiveness of the medication, your doctor may increase your dose to 150 mg every 2 weeks, but most people find that the lower dose is adequate.
Subcutaneous injections are administered in the abdomen, upper arm, or thigh area. Change the injection site with each injection to keep your skin healthy.
Do not use the injection if it is discoloured or if particles are present.
If you are injecting this medication yourself, your doctor will show you how to use this medication properly. If you are not sure how to use it or have questions about how to use it, contact your doctor. Before using this medication, thoroughly read the patient information provided and ask your doctor if you have any questions. If a family member or caregiver will be giving you the injections, your doctor should instruct them on how to give the injection.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication in the refrigerator, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children. Do not freeze this medication. Allow the medication to warm to room temperature for 30 to 40 minutes before you inject it. Once it is removed from the refrigerator, it must be used within 24 hours and must not be put back into the refrigerator.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.