Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. Vytorin

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Lovaza
(omega-3 acid)

Vytorin
(ezetimibe / simvastatin)

Lowers triglycerides. Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.Lowers cholesterol. Vytorin is expensive and is no more effective than simvastatin by itself.
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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
Have you used Lovaza (omega-3 acid)?
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Reviews for Vytorin (ezetimibe / simvastatin)
53%
-6% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
36%
-14% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
19%
+9% better vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
Have you used Vytorin (ezetimibe / simvastatin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
Omega 3 AcidVytorin
  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
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  • Headache 1%
  • Any side effect 3%
  • Muscle pain 4%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 4%
  • Increased alt 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Flu 1%
  • Pain in extremity 1%
  • Unexplained muscle pain or weakness 1%
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How it works
Omega 3 AcidVytorin
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.Vytorin is a combination cholesterol-lowering medicine. Simvastatin prevents your body from making "bad" cholesterol (LDL) while raising "good" cholesterol (HDL). Ezetimibe prevents cholesterol absorption in your intestines.
Type of medication
Omega 3 AcidVytorin
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Omega 3 AcidVytorin
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Omega 3 AcidVytorin
Risk factors for serious side effects
Omega 3 AcidVytorin
  • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Atrial fibrillation
Detailed Lovaza (omega-3 acid) risks & warnings »
  • Asian patients taking high-dose niacin
  • Past history of liver disease
  • heavy alcohol use
  • Diabetes
      • Pregnancy
      Detailed Vytorin (ezetimibe / 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.

      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 AcidVytorin
      • You have to take it with food.
      • Take it with food.
      No food related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      Omega 3 AcidVytorin
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      • People on Vytorin (Ezetimibe / Simvastatin) have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle breakdown and kidney damage, especially in people of Asian ancestry who are also taking niacin. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you suddenly develop muscle pain and a fever and you don't know why.
      Upsides and benefits
      Omega 3 AcidVytorin
      • 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.
      • A 2-in-1 cholesterol-lowering combination medicine.
      • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
      Downsides and risks
      Omega 3 AcidVytorin
      • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
      • You have to take it with food.
      • In clinical studies, simvastatin/ezetimibe hasn't controlled cholesterol better than simvastatin alone.
      • There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      Omega 3 AcidVytorin
      • 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.
      • Take it in the evening.
      • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
      • Can cause headaches or diarrhea.
      • Call your doctor if you develop muscle pain.
      • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after.
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