Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. Zetia

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Lovaza
(omega-3 acid)

Zetia
(ezetimibe)

Lowers triglycerides. Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.Lowers cholesterol. Zetia (ezetimibe) can improve your cholesterol and can be used as an alternative to statins.
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Coupons for Omega 3 Acid
Best available price for 120 (1g) capsules of omega-3-acid-ethyl-esters
Coupons for Zetia
Best available price for 30 (10mg) tablets of zetia
Reviews & ratings
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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
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Reviews for Zetia
42%
+17% better vs. Omega 3 Acid
34%
+16% better vs. Omega 3 Acid
21%
-7% worse vs. Omega 3 Acid
128 reviews
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Side effects
Omega 3 AcidZetia
  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
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  • Common cold 1%
  • Sore throat 4%
  • Sinus infection 1%
  • Abnormal liver tests 3%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Pain in arms and legs 1%
  • Muscle pain 3%
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How it works
Omega 3 AcidZetia
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.Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It stops your body from absorbing cholesterol in food and helps process other forms of cholesterol.
Type of medication
Omega 3 AcidZetia
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Omega 3 AcidZetia
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Omega 3 AcidZetia
Risk factors for serious side effects
Omega 3 AcidZetia
  • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Atrial fibrillation
Detailed Lovaza (omega-3 acid) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Zetia (ezetimibe) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
Detailed Zetia (ezetimibe) 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 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.

Food
Omega 3 AcidZetia
  • Take it with food.
  • You have to take it with food.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
Omega 3 AcidZetia
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Zetia (ezetimibe) can hurt your liver, especially if it is used with statins. Talk to your doctor if you have liver disease.
Upsides and benefits
Omega 3 AcidZetia
  • 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 raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Can be used with other medicines to improve cholesterol.
  • Available in a combination pill with simvastatin.
  • Available as a generic.
Downsides and risks
Omega 3 AcidZetia
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • Doesn't lower triglycerides (fats).
  • Hasn't been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks or heart disease.
  • By itself, it isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Omega 3 AcidZetia
  • 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 raises good cholesterol.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop bone or muscle pain.
  • Can be used with other medications to lower cholesterol.
  • Good alternative to statins if you can't tolerate statins or are unable to control cholesterol with statins alone.
  • Can cause diarrhea or increase your chance of getting colds.
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