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.
Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Antara
27%
of people (All ages) say Antara is worth it
14%
say it works well
29%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Omega 3 Acid
59%
-32% worse vs. Antara
50%
-36% worse vs. Antara
28%
-1% worse vs. Antara
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Side effects
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased alt 1%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
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  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
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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
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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

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.

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.

Alcohol
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
No alcohol related info.
Food
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
No food related info.
  • Take it with food.
  • You have to take it with food.
Kidneys and liver
AntaraOmega 3 Acid
  • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Antara (Fenofibrate), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
No kidneys and liver 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
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • 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.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • 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.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
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