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How Supplied


VASCEPA® (icosapent ethyl) is indicated as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride (TG) levels in adult patients with severe ( ≥ 500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia.

Usage Considerations

Patients should be placed on an appropriate lipid-lowering diet and exercise regimen before receiving VASCEPA and should continue this diet and exercise regimen with VASCEPA.

Attempts should be made to control any medical problems such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, and alcohol intake that may contribute to lipid abnormalities. Medications known to exacerbate hypertriglyceridemia (such as beta blockers, thiazides, estrogens) should be discontinued or changed, if possible, prior to consideration of TG-lowering drug therapy.

Limitations Of Use

The effect of VASCEPA on the risk for pancreatitis in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia has not been determined.

The effect of VASCEPA on cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia has not been determined.


Assess lipid levels before initiating therapy. Identify other causes (e.g., diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, or medications) of high triglyceride levels and manage as appropriate. [see INDICATIONS AND USAGE].

Patients should engage in appropriate nutritional intake and physical activity before receiving VASCEPA, which should continue during treatment with VASCEPA.

The daily dose of VASCEPA is 4 grams per day taken as either:

  • four 0.5-gram capsules twice daily with food; or as
  • two 1-gram capsules twice daily with food

Patients should be advised to swallow VASCEPA capsules whole. Do not break open, crush, dissolve, or chew VASCEPA.


Dosage Forms And Strengths

VASCEPA capsules are supplied in the following dosage form strengths:

  • 0.5-gram amber-colored, oval, soft-gelatin capsules imprinted with V500.
  • 1-gram amber-colored, oblong, soft-gelatin capsules imprinted with VASCEPA.

Storage And Handling

VASCEPA (icosapent ethyl) capsules are supplied as 0.5-gram amber-colored soft-gelatin capsules imprinted with V500 or as 1-gram amber-colored soft-gelatin capsules imprinted with VASCEPA.

Bottles of 240 (0.5-gram): NDC 52937-001-40.
Bottles of 120 (1-gram): NDC 52937-001-20.

Store at 20° to 25° C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30° C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Keep out of reach of children.

Distributed by: Amarin Pharma Inc. Bedminster, NJ, USA. Manufactured for: Amarin Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited Dublin, Ireland +1-855-VASCEPA (+1-855-827-2372). Revised: Aug 2016

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 3/2/2017

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