Compare pravastatin vs. Omega 3 Acid

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

Pravachol (pravastatin)

Prescription only

Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Pravachol (pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. It does cause fewer side effects and is safer for your kidneys and liver.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 426 reviewsforpravastatin
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
Upsides
  • Compared to other statins, Pravachol (pravastatin) has fewer interactions with medicines.
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
  • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
  • It's available as a generic.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) isn't as strong as other statins in lowering your cholesterol.
  • You'll still need to eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly to get the full benefit of Pravachol (pravastatin).
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
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Reviews
426 
54%
think this treatment is worth it
44%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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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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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Muscle, joint or ligament/tendon pain    
    10%
  • Nausea, vomiting    
    7%
  • Diarrhea    
    7%
  • Headache    
    6%
  • Upper respiratory infection    
    6%
  • Chest pain    
    5%
  • Rash
    5%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Stuffy nose
    4%
  • Muscle damage
    4%
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3possible side effects
  • Eructation
    4%
  • Taste perversion
    4%
  • Dyspepsia
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Muscle damage

    Kidney disease

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    Heavy alcohol use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Pregnancy

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Endocrine function

    Spironolactone use

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Allergic reactions

    Allergy to fish or shellfish

  • Heart flutter

    Atrial fibrillation

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