Compare Atorvastatin vs. Omega 3 Acid

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

Lipitor
(Atorvastatin)

Lovaza
(Omega-3 Acid)

Lowers cholesterol. Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.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 Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
63%
of people say Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is worth it
51%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
59%
4% vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
50%
1% vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
28%
15% vs. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
Side effects
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • Diarrhea 8%
  • Common cold 5%
  • Muscle pain 5%
  • Joint pain 5%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Pain in extremity 3%
  • Urinary tract infection 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 2%
  • Muscle spasms 2%
  • Throat pain 2%
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  • Eructation 3%
  • Indigestion 1%
More Omega 3 Acid side effects »
How it works
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is 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
Cholesterol-lowering
Statin
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Omega-3 fatty acid
Prescription only
Available as
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
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AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
    • Pregnancy
        Detailed Lipitor (Atorvastatin) risks & warnings »
        • Allergy to fish or shellfish
        • Atrial fibrillation
        Detailed Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
        AtorvastatinOmega 3 Acid
        XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

        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.

        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
        • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
        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
        • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
        • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
        • People on Lipitor (Atorvastatin) 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
        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.
        • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
        • One of the strongest cholesterol-lowering statin medications.
        • A good option for people who have high cholesterol and diabetes.
        • 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 can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
        • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
        • Eating a lot of grapefruit can raise your risk of liver damage.
        • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
        • 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.
        • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
        • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever or weakness.
        • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
        • 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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