Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. Atorvastatin

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

Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

Prescription only

Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Prescription only
Lowers triglycerides.

Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 46 reviewsforOmega 3 Acid
Lowers cholesterol.

Lipitor (atorvastatin) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 1377 reviewsforAtorvastatin
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • 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).
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Reviews
46 
59%
think this treatment is worth it
50%
think this treatment works well
28%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1377 
63%
think this treatment is worth it
51%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Eructation
    4%
  • Taste perversion
    4%
  • Dyspepsia
    3%
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10possible side effects
  • Common cold
    8%
  • Joint pain
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Pain in the arms and legs
    6%
  • Urinary tract infection
    6%
  • Indigestion
    5%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Musculoskeletal pain
    4%
  • Muscle Spasms
    4%
  • Myalgia
    4%
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Risks and warnings
  • Allergic reactions

    Allergy to fish or shellfish

  • Heart flutter

    Atrial fibrillation

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  • Liver damage

    Heavy alcohol use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Birth defects

    Pregnancy

  • Stroke

    History of hemorrhagic strokes

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