Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. simvastatin

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Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

Prescription only

Zocor (simvastatin)

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.

Zocor (simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 1176 reviewsforsimvastatin
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.
  • 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
  • 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).
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Dosage forms
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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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1176 
61%
think this treatment is worth it
48%
think this treatment works well
14%
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 Zocor (simvastatin) 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 and kidney damage

    Kidney disease

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    Heavy alcohol use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to unborn baby

    Pregnancy

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Drug interactions

    Certain drugs can increase the dose of Zocor (simvastatin) in the body

  • High blood sugar

    History of high blood sugar

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