Compare pravastatin vs. Omega 3 Acid

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

Pravachol
(pravastatin)

Lovaza
(omega-3 acid)

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.Lowers triglycerides. Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.
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Reviews for Pravachol (pravastatin)
54%
of people (All ages) say Pravachol (pravastatin) is worth it
44%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
426 reviews
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Reviews for Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
59%
+5% better vs. Pravachol (pravastatin)
50%
+6% better vs. Pravachol (pravastatin)
28%
-9% worse vs. Pravachol (pravastatin)
Have you used Lovaza (omega-3 acid)?
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Side effects
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • Upper respiratory infection 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Headache 2%
  • Chest pain 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Rash 2%
  • Muscle pain 2%
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  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
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How it works
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
Pravachol (pravastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).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.
Type of medication
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
Risk factors for serious side effects
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • Kidney disease
  • An underactive thyroid
  • Over age 65
  • Female gender
  • Taking other medicines to lower your cholesterol
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • History of chronic liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • Spironolactone use
  • Cimetidine use
  • Ketoconazole use
Detailed Pravachol (pravastatin) risks & warnings »
  • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Atrial fibrillation
Detailed Lovaza (omega-3 acid) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
No food related info.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • Take it with food.
Kidneys and liver
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • 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.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Upsides and benefits
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • 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 and risks
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
pravastatinOmega 3 Acid
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
  • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Don't eat grapefruit and drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Also let your doctor know if you notice dark urine or yellowing of your eyes or skin.
  • You'll need to stop taking Pravachol (pravastatin) if you get pregnant.
  • 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.
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