Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. simvastatin

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

Lovaza
(omega-3 acid)

Zocor
(simvastatin)

Lowers triglycerides. Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.Lowers cholesterol. Zocor (simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol.
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4.96Omega 3 Acid
Reviews for Omega 3 Acid
59%
of people (All ages) say Omega 3 Acid is worth it
50%
say it works well
28%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Lovaza (omega-3 acid)?
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Reviews for simvastatin
61%
-2% worse vs. Omega 3 Acid
48%
+2% better vs. Omega 3 Acid
14%
-14% worse vs. Omega 3 Acid
1176 reviews
Have you used Zocor (simvastatin)?
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Side effects
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
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  • Bronchitis 1%
  • Abnormal heart rhythm 1%
  • Scaly, itchy rash 2%
  • Stomach problems 1%
  • Balance problems 1%
  • Headache 1%
More simvastatin side effects »
How it works
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
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.Zocor (simvastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Type of medication
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
Risk factors for serious side effects
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
  • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Atrial fibrillation
Detailed Lovaza (omega-3 acid) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney disease
  • High dose of Zocor (simvastatin)
  • Combining Zocor (simvastatin) with other cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Older age
  • Female gender
Detailed Zocor (simvastatin) 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.

Interactions
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
No interactions related info.
  • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking.
  • Can have more drug interactions than some other drugs in the same class (statins).
Alcohol
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
No alcohol related info.
  • You are at higher risk for side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
Food
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
  • Take it with food.
  • You have to take it with food.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • People on Zocor (simvastatin) have reported muscle pain, which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you take higher doses of Zocor (simvastatin). If you suddenly feel muscle pain, weakness or fever and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Zocor (simvastatin) and talk to your doctor right away.
  • There are reports of liver damage in people who take Zocor (simvastatin), especially if they are heavy alcohol drinkers or have a history of liver disease. If you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin, tell your doctor. Your doctor may also want to check your liver function regularly.
Pain
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
No pain related info.
  • Combining certain medications can increase the risk of muscle pain, muscle damage, and kidney damage. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when taking any new medications.
Upsides and benefits
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
  • 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.
  • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in combination pills with other cholesterol medicines.
Downsides and risks
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • You are at higher risk for side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Can have more drug interactions than some other drugs in the same class (statins).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Omega 3 Acidsimvastatin
  • 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.
  • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
  • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking.
Learn more
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Have you used Lovaza (omega-3 acid)?
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