Compare Atorvastatin vs. Omega 3 Acid

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Lipitor
(atorvastatin)

Lovaza
(omega-3 acid)

Lowers cholesterol. Lipitor (atorvastatin) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.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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5.16Atorvastatin
Reviews for Lipitor (atorvastatin)
63%
of people (All ages) say Lipitor (atorvastatin) is worth it
51%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
1377 reviews
Have you used Lipitor (atorvastatin)?
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Reviews for Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
59%
-4% worse vs. Lipitor (atorvastatin)
50%
-1% worse vs. Lipitor (atorvastatin)
28%
-15% worse vs. Lipitor (atorvastatin)
Have you used Lovaza (omega-3 acid)?
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Side effects
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Muscle spasms 1%
  • Muscle pain 1%
More Atorvastatin side effects »
  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
More Omega 3 Acid side effects »
How it works
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "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
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
    • Pregnancy
    • History of hemorrhagic strokes
      Detailed Lipitor (atorvastatin) risks & warnings »
      • Allergy to fish or shellfish
      • Atrial fibrillation
      Detailed Lovaza (omega-3 acid) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the 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.

      Alcohol
      AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
      • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are a female, are 65 years or older, or drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
      No alcohol related info.
      Food
      AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
      No food related info.
      • You have to take it with food.
      • Take it with food.
      Kidneys and liver
      AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
      • Statins such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, or liver damage. Some people need to stop taking this medicine if these problems occur.
      • Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise your risk of liver damage while taking Lipitor (atorvastatin).
      • People on Lipitor (atorvastatin) have reported muscle pain, which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you're older and you're taking higher doses of Lipitor (atorvastatin). If you suddenly feel muscle pain or weakness and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) and talk to your doctor right away.
      • Liver damage has been reported in people who take Lipitor (atorvastatin). If you notice dark urine or yellowing of your eyes or skin, talk to your doctor. Your doctor might run blood tests to check your liver.
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      Pain
      AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
      • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel severe muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
      No pain related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      AtorvastatinOmega 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.
      • Lipitor (atorvastatin) can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
      • It's one of the strongest cholesterol-lowering statin medications.
      • Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a good option for people who have high cholesterol and diabetes.
      • It's available as a generic drug and can be used in combination with other cholesterol lowering drugs.
      • 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
      AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
      • Statins such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, or liver damage. Some people need to stop taking this medicine if these problems occur.
      • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are a female, are 65 years or older, or drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
      • Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise your risk of liver damage while taking Lipitor (atorvastatin).
      • 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
      AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
      • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
      • Don't eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
      • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel severe muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
      • Also tell your doctor if you have dark urine or if you notice a yellow tint in your eyes or skin.
      • Lipitor (atorvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant.
      • 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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