Compare Antara vs. Omega 3 Acid

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Antara
(Fenofibrate)

Lovaza
(Omega-3 Acid)

Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.Lowers triglycerides. Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Antara (Fenofibrate)
27%
of people say Antara (Fenofibrate) is worth it
14%
say it works well
29%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
59%
+32% vs. Antara (Fenofibrate)
50%
+36% vs. Antara (Fenofibrate)
28%
+1% vs. Antara (Fenofibrate)
Side effects
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Increased alt 1%
More Antara side effects »
  • Eructation 3%
  • Indigestion 1%
More Omega 3 Acid side effects »
How it works
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).Omega-3 Acid is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it may help the liver remove triglycerides from your body, and also prevent your body from making more triglycerides.
Type of medication
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
Cholesterol-lowering
Fibric acid
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Omega-3 fatty acid
Prescription only
Available as
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
  • Pill
  • Pill
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AntaraOmega 3 Acid
Risk factors for serious side effects
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
    • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
            Detailed Antara (Fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
            • Allergy to fish or shellfish
            • Atrial fibrillation
            Detailed Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid) risks & warnings »
            Pregnancy category
            AntaraOmega 3 Acid
            CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

            Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

            See the FDA package insert
            CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

            Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

            See the FDA package insert
            Alcohol
            • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
            • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
            No specific alcohol-related info.
            Food
            No specific food-related info.
            • You have to take it with food.
            • Take it with food.
            Kidneys and liver
            • People on Antara (Fenofibrate) while taking statins have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain or weakness or fever and you don't know why.
            No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
            Sex
            No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
            Sleep
            No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
            Weight
            No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
            Upsides and benefits
            AntaraOmega 3 Acid
            • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
            • Lowers triglycerides (fats) when combined with exercise and a low cholesterol diet.
            • In studies, Omega-3 Acid has lowered the risk of stroke and heart attack leading to death, especially in people with high cholesterol or high triglycerides.
            Downsides and risks
            AntaraOmega 3 Acid
            • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
            • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
            • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
            • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
            • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
            • You have to take it with food.
            Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
            AntaraOmega 3 Acid
            • Can cause backache or headache.
            • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
            • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
            • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
            • Lowers triglycerides.
            • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
            • Take it with food.
            • Swallow capsules whole.
            • Can cause burping and changes in taste.
            • Don't use if you have an allergy to fish or shellfish.
            • Lowers triglycerides.
            • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
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