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Vascepa vs. Lovaza

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What Are Possible Side Effects of Vascepa?

Common side effects of Vascepa include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Lovaza?

Common side effects of Lovaza include:

Tell your doctor if you experience rare but very serious side effects of Lovaza including:

  • easy bleeding/bruising,
  • black or tarry stool, or
  • vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

What Is Vascepa?

Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) is a type of omega-3 fatty acid, a fat found in fish oil. It is used along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet, to lower high triglycerides (fats). Vascepa is thought to work by decreasing the amount of triglycerides made by the body.

What Is Lovaza?

Lovaza (omega-3-acid ethyl esters) is a combination of fatty acids used together with diet and exercise to help lower triglyceride levels in the blood. Lovaza is made of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in oil from fish, vegetables, and other plant sources. These fatty acids are not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet.

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What Drugs Interact With Vascepa?

Vascepa may interact with other drugs affecting coagulation (e.g., anti-platelet agents). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you take.

What Drugs Interact With Lovaza?

Lovaza may interact with birth control pills or hormone replacement, blood thinners, beta-blockers, or diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor all medications you use.

How Should Vascepa Be Taken?

The recommended dosage is 2 capsules (4 grams) twice daily with food.

How Should Lovaza Be Taken?

The daily dose of Lovaza is 4 grams per day, taken as a single 4-gram dose (4 capsules) or as two 2-gram doses (2 capsules given twice daily).

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References

Amarin. Vascepa Prescribing Information.
https://www.vascepa.com/
GSK. Lovaza Prescribing Information.
https://www.gsksource.com/pharma/content/dam/GlaxoSmithKline/US/en/Prescribing_Information/Lovaza/pdf/LOVAZA-PI-PIL.PDF

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