Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. pravastatin

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Lovaza
(omega-3 acid)

Pravachol
(pravastatin)

Lowers triglycerides. Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.Lowers cholesterol. Pravachol (pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. It does cause fewer side effects and is safer for your kidneys and liver.
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4.96Omega 3 Acid
Reviews for Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
59%
of people (All ages) say Lovaza (omega-3 acid) is worth it
50%
say it works well
28%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Pravachol (pravastatin)
54%
-5% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
44%
-6% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
19%
+9% better vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
426 reviews
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Side effects
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
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  • Upper respiratory infection 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Headache 2%
  • Chest pain 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Rash 2%
  • Muscle pain 2%
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How it works
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
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.Pravachol (pravastatin) 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).
Type of medication
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
Risk factors for serious side effects
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
  • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Atrial fibrillation
Detailed Lovaza (omega-3 acid) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney disease
  • An underactive thyroid
  • Over age 65
  • Female gender
  • Taking other medicines to lower your cholesterol
Detailed Pravachol (pravastatin) 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 real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Food
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
  • You have to take it with food.
  • Take it with food.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
  • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
Upsides and benefits
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
  • 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.
  • Compared to other statins, Pravachol (pravastatin) has fewer interactions with medicines.
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
  • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
  • It's available as a generic.
Downsides and risks
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) isn't as strong as other statins in lowering your cholesterol.
  • You'll still need to eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly to get the full benefit of Pravachol (pravastatin).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Omega 3 Acidpravastatin
  • 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.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
  • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Don't eat grapefruit and drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Also let your doctor know if you notice dark urine or yellowing of your eyes or skin.
  • You'll need to stop taking Pravachol (pravastatin) if you get pregnant.
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