Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. Zetia

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

Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

Prescription only

Zetia (ezetimibe)

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.

Zetia (ezetimibe) can improve your cholesterol and can be used as an alternative to statins.

4.4/ 7 average rating with 128 reviewsforZetia
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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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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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128 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
34%
think this treatment works well
21%
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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8possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Common cold
    4%
  • Sore throat
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
  • Joint pain
    3%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    3%
  • Muscle pain
    3%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Allergic reactions

    Allergy to fish or shellfish

  • Heart flutter

    Atrial fibrillation

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  • Muscle pain

    Taking Zetia (ezetimibe) with statins

  • Abnormal liver blood tests

    Past history of liver disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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