Compare simvastatin vs. Omega 3 Acid

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

Zocor (simvastatin)

Prescription only

Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Zocor (simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 1176 reviewsforsimvastatin
Lowers triglycerides.

Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 46 reviewsforOmega 3 Acid
Upsides
  • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in combination pills with other cholesterol medicines.
  • 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
  • You are at higher risk for side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Can have more drug interactions than some other drugs in the same class (statins).
  • 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
1176 reviews so far
61%
saidit'sworth it
48%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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46 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
50%
saiditworked well
28%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Zocor (simvastatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
3possible side effects
  • Eructation
    4%
  • Taste perversion
    4%
  • Dyspepsia
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Muscle pain and kidney damage
    • Kidney disease
    • High dose of Zocor (simvastatin)
    • Combining Zocor (simvastatin) with other cholesterol-lowering drugs
    • Older age
    • Female gender
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • History of chronic liver disease
  • Harm to unborn baby
    • Pregnancy
    • Breast feeding
  • Drug interactions
    • Certain drugs can increase the dose of Zocor (simvastatin) in the body
  • High blood sugar
    • History of high blood sugar
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  • Allergic reactions
    • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Heart flutter
    • Atrial fibrillation
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