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Vascepa Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Vascepa
Generic Name: icosapent (Pronunciation: eye KOE sa pent)
- What is icosapent (Vascepa)?
- What are the possible side effects of icosapent (Vascepa)?
- What is the most important information I should know about icosapent (Vascepa)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking icosapent (Vascepa)?
- How should I take icosapent (Vascepa)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Vascepa)?
- What happens if I overdose (Vascepa)?
- What should I avoid while taking icosapent (Vascepa)?
- What other drugs will affect icosapent (Vascepa)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is icosapent (Vascepa)?
Icosapent works in the liver and bloodstream to reduce very low-density triglycerides.
Icosapent is used together with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to reduce triglycerides (fats) in adults with severely high triglycerides.
It is not known whether icosapent will lower your risk of developing heart disease or pancreatitis (inflammation of your pancreas).
Icosapent may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of icosapent (Vascepa)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Common side effects may include:
- joint pain; or
- sore throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Vascepa (icosapent ethyl capsules) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about icosapent (Vascepa)?
Icosapent is used together with a low-fat diet and other treatments to lower total cholesterol in people with severe high cholesterol.
Before you take icosapent, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, diabetes, a thyroid disorder, pancreas problems, a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, an allergy to fish or shellfish, or if you drink large quantities of alcohol.
Icosapent is only part of a treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
Additional Vascepa Information
- Vascepa Drug Interactions Center: icosapent ethyl oral
- Vascepa Side Effects Center
- Vascepa FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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