I tried listening to the Curbsiders last night and I had to turn them off because they were irritating me.
They are really full of themselves, or so they seemed to me in my tired state.
Looking at what they posted on their site, I just don’t see much benefit to taking Repatha. Yes, it definitely really brings down LDL, but it doesn’t seem to show that it saves lives. A one in 69 chance of it helping me doesn’t seem worth dealing with the side effects.
I read one report talking about how the drug can increase glucose levels, and another report saying that that isn’t true. One person who complained about the drug said that his glucose level rose to 450. This is the internet so this person could be lying, but he might be telling the truth. I have about as much faith in his account as I do in the accounts of the company who makes it.
I can’t take statins and I can’t take ezetimibe. They all cause neuropathy in my feet. I have never in my 61 yrs of being a type 1 have had any kind of neuropathy and I am not going to let a drug give me this painful condition. The neuropathy caused by the last statin I tried is almost gone now. Other statins raised my liver enzymes or made my muscles sore.
If even only 50% of people were helped by Repatha I probably would at least try it, but 2%? I don’t care if my LDL of 114 is reduced if it isn’t going to help me in the long run. I am going to turn 69 tomorrow and of course I want to live another 15 yrs but I want to feel well for most of that time while doing it.
Of course Repatha might not cause side effects for me, but I have read about people with burning feet and hands etc. It also can cause major back problems and fatigue. I don’t know if I want to chance it especially after the rough few months I have had.
One doctor from Mayo was saying that he thinks it is a good drug for his hard to treat patients but is worried what will be found out about the drug in a few years. It is an extremely new drug.
I am glad Senator, that you won’t have to think about this for a long time.
If you have any more thoughts, I always love to hear what you have to say.