Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. Lopid

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Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

Prescription only

Lopid (Gemfibrozil)

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 triglyceride levels.

Lopid (Gemfibrozil) is a generically available medication that can lower triglyceride levels by up to 50%.

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.
  • Considered as a first choice medication for lowering triglyceride levels in the blood. Studies have shown it can reduce triglycerides by up to 50%.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Can be used with other medications, such as fish oil, to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
Downsides
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • While Lopid (Gemfibrozil) has been shown to lower triglycerides, it has not been shown by itself to reduce the number of deaths caused by high cholesterol.
  • Can't be used with statins to lower cholesterol because of the risk of muscle and kidney damage.
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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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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Eructation
    4%
  • Taste perversion
    4%
  • Dyspepsia
    3%
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The Lopid (Gemfibrozil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Allergic reactions

    Allergy to fish or shellfish

  • Heart flutter

    Atrial fibrillation

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  • Muscle pain

    Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with statins

  • Liver damage

    Past history of liver disease

  • Increased bleeding risk

    Taking Lopid (Gemfibrozil) with anticoagulants

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