Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. Lovastatin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.
Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.
- 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.
- Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
- You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
- You have to take it with food.
- Not the best choice for people who have very high cholesterol levels.
- 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.
- Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
- Extended release
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- Taste perversion4%
- Elevations of CK levels11%
- Increase in serum transaminases2%
- Allergic reactions
- Allergy to fish or shellfish
- Heart flutter
- Atrial fibrillation
- Muscle pain
- Kidney disease
- High dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin)
- Combining with certain cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Older age and female gender
- Liver damage
- Heavy alcohol use
- History of chronic liver disease
- Harm to fetus
- Breast feeding
- Drug interactions
- Taking with certain drugs that increase the dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin) in the body
- Muscle weakness (autoimmune)