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  • Generic Name: bempedoic acid tablets, for oral use
  • Brand Name: Nexletol
  • Drug Class: Lipid-Lowering Agents, ACL Inhibitors
Last updated on MDtodate: 10/03/2022


The following clinically significant adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:

  • Hyperuricemia
  • Tendon Rupture

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

The data described below reflect exposure to NEXLETOL in two placebo-controlled trials that included 2009 patients treated with NEXLETOL for 52 weeks (median treatment duration of 52 weeks). The mean age for NEXLETOL-treated patients was 65.4 years, 29% were women, 3% were Hispanic, 95% White, 3% Black, 1% Asian, and 1% other races. All patients received NEXLETOL 180 mg orally once daily plus maximally tolerated statin therapy alone or in combination with other lipid-lowering therapies. At baseline, 97% of patients had clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and about 4% had a diagnosis of heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH). Patients on simvastatin 40 mg/day or higher were excluded from the trials.

Adverse reactions led to discontinuation of treatment in 11% of NEXLETOL-treated patients and 8% of placebo-treated patients. The most common reasons for NEXLETOL treatment discontinuation were muscle spasms (0.5% versus 0.3% placebo), diarrhea (0.4% versus 0.1% placebo), and pain in extremity (0.3% versus 0.0% placebo). Adverse reactions reported in at least 2% of NEXLETOL-treated patients and more frequently than in placebo-treated patients are shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Adverse Reactions (≥ 2% and Greater than placebo) in NEXLETOL-Treated Patients with ASCVD and HeFH (Studies 1 and 2)

Adverse Reaction NEXLETOL + Statin and ± Other Lipid Lowering Therapies
(N = 2009) %
(N = 999) %
Upper respiratory tract infection 4.5 4.0
Muscle spasms 3.6 2.3
Hyperuricemiaa 3.5 1.1
Back pain 3.3 2.2
Abdominal pain or discomfortb 3.1 2.2
Bronchitis 3.0 2.5
Pain in extremity 3.0 1.7
Anemia 2.8 1.9
Elevated liver enzymesc 2.1 0.8
a Hyperuricemia includes hyperuricemia and blood uric acid increased.
b Abdominal pain or discomfort includes abdominal pain, abdominal pain upper, abdominal pain lower, and abdominal discomfort.
c Elevated liver enzymes includes AST increased, ALT increased, hepatic enzyme increased, and liver function test increased.


Tendon Rupture

NEXLETOL was associated with an increased risk of tendon rupture, occurring in 0.5% of NEXLETOL-treated patients versus 0% of placebo-treated patients.


NEXLETOL was associated with an increased risk of gout, occurring in 1.5% of NEXLETOL-treated patients versus 0.4% of placebo-treated patients.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

NEXLETOL was associated with an increased risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostatomegaly in men with no reported history of BPH, occurring in 1.3% of NEXLETOL-treated patients versus 0.1% of placebo-treated patients. The clinical significance is unknown.

Atrial Fibrillation

NEXLETOL was associated with an imbalance in atrial fibrillation, occurring in 1.7% of NEXLETOL-treated patients versus 1.1% of placebo-treated patients.

Laboratory Tests

NEXLETOL was associated with persistent changes in multiple laboratory tests within the first 4 weeks of treatment. Laboratory test values returned to baseline following discontinuation of treatment.

Increase In Creatinine And Blood Urea Nitrogen

Overall, there was a mean increase in serum creatinine of 0.05 mg/dL compared to baseline with NEXLETOL at Week 12. Approximately 3.8% of patients treated with NEXLETOL had blood urea nitrogen values that doubled (versus 1.5% placebo), and about 2.2% of patients had creatinine values that increased by 0.5 mg/dL (versus 1.1% placebo).

Decrease In Hemoglobin And Leukocytes

Approximately 5.1% of patients (versus 2.3% placebo) had decreases in hemoglobin levels of 2 or more g/dL and below the lower limit of normal on one or more occasion. Anemia was reported in 2.8% of patients treated with NEXLETOL and 1.9% of patients treated with placebo. Hemoglobin decrease was generally asymptomatic and did not require medical intervention. Decreased leukocyte count was also observed. Approximately 9.0% of NEXLETOL-treated patients with normal baseline leukocyte count had a decrease to less than the lower limit of normal on one or more occasion (versus 6.7% placebo). Leukocyte decrease was generally asymptomatic and did not require medical intervention. In clinical trials, there was a small imbalance in skin or soft tissue infections, including cellulitis (0.8% versus 0.4%), but there was no imbalance in other infections.

Increase In Platelet Count

Approximately 10.1% of patients (versus 4.7% placebo) had increases in platelet counts of 100x 109/L or more on one or more occasion. Platelet count increase was asymptomatic, did not result in increased risk for thromboembolic events, and did not require medical intervention.

Increase In Liver Enzymes

Increases in hepatic transaminases (AST and/or ALT) were observed with NEXLETOL. In most cases, the elevations were transient and resolved or improved with continued therapy or after discontinuation of therapy. Increases to more than 3x the upper limit of normal (ULN) in AST occurred in 1.4% of patients treated with NEXLETOL versus 0.4% of placebo patients, and increases to more than 5x ULN occurred in 0.4% of NEXLETOL-treated versus 0.2% of placebo-treated patients. Increases in ALT occurred with similar incidence between NEXLETOL-and placebo-treated patients. Elevations in transaminases were generally asymptomatic and not associated with elevations ≥2x ULN in bilirubin or with cholestasis.

Increase In Creatine Kinase

Approximately 1.0% of patients (versus 0.6% placebo) had elevations of CK levels of 5 or more times the normal value on one or more occasions, and 0.4% of patients (versus 0.2% placebo) had elevations of CK levels of 10 or more times.



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