Epanova

EPANOVA®
(omega-3-carboxylic acids) Soft-gelatin Capsules

DRUG DESCRIPTION

EPANOVA, a lipid-regulating agent, is a coated soft-gelatin capsule containing 1 gram of fish oil-derived free fatty acids, designated “omega-3-carboxylic acids,” with at least 850 mg of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including multiple omega-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA] being the most abundant).

The empirical formula of EPA free fatty acid is C20H30O2, and the molecular weight of EPA free fatty acid is 302.45. The structural formula of EPA free fatty acid is:

EPA free fatty acid - Structural Formula Illustration

The empirical formula of DHA free fatty acid is C22H32O2, and the molecular weight of DHA free fatty acid is 328.49. The structural formula of DHA free fatty acid is:

DHA free fatty acid - Structural Formula Illustration

EPANOVA capsules also contain the following inactive ingredients: 3 mg α-tocopherol (in a carrier of vegetable oil), and porcine Type A gelatin, glycerol, sorbitol, and purified water (components of the capsule shell). Coating and ink components to the EPANOVA capsules also contain ethyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate copolymer dispersion, talc, titanium dioxide, iron oxide red, polysorbate 80, and carboxymethylcellulose sodium (coating components), pharmaceutical glaze, titanium dioxide, n-butyl alcohol, propylene glycol and isopropanol (ink components).

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/20/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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