Compare Niaspan vs. Omega 3 Acid

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

Niaspan
(niacin)

Lovaza
(omega-3 acid)

Lowers cholesterol. Niaspan (Niacin) lowers triglycerides, but isn't as good as statins for improving cholesterol levels.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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Best available price for 30 (500mg) tablets of niaspan
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Best available price for 120 (1g) capsules of omega-3-acid-ethyl-esters
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4.23Niaspan
Reviews for Niaspan
43%
of people (All ages) say Niaspan is worth it
31%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
380 reviews
Have you used Niaspan (niacin)?
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Reviews for Omega 3 Acid
59%
-16% worse vs. Niaspan
50%
-19% worse vs. Niaspan
28%
+9% better vs. Niaspan
Have you used Lovaza (omega-3 acid)?
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Side effects
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • Flushing 49%
  • Itching 6%
  • Rash 5%
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  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
More Omega 3 Acid side effects »
How it works
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
Niaspan (Niacin) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to lower the amount of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) made by the liver.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
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
Risk factors for serious side effects
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with statins
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with anticoagulants
Detailed Niaspan (niacin) 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.

Interactions
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • Niaspan (Niacin) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed. Your doctor may have you do regular blood tests and change your medication doses.
No interactions related info.
Alcohol
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
No alcohol related info.
Food
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Take it with food.
  • You have to take it with food.
Pain
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Good for lowering triglycerides (fats).
  • 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
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • By itself, Niaspan (Niacin) isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol levels.
  • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
  • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • If you miss doses often, you may need to re-start taking the medicine more regularly at a lower dose.
  • 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
NiaspanOmega 3 Acid
  • Take Niaspan (Niacin) at bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
  • Can cause make your skin feel hot and change color. Your doctor may tell you to take an aspirin 30 minutes before you take Niaspan (Niacin) to reduce the flushing.
  • Call your doctor if you feel unexplained muscle pain.
  • Niaspan (Niacin) works differently from other medicines you can buy over-the-counter. Don't switch it with other medicines unless your doctor agrees.
  • 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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