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Lovaza

(Omega-3 Acid)

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Lowers triglycerides.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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

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  • 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.
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
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Side effects for Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

From clinical trials of Omega 3 Acid / High triglycerides ( 1025)

  • EructationEructation4% for Omega-3 Acid vs.1% for placebo
  • Change in tasteChange in taste4% for Omega-3 Acid vs.0% for placebo
  • IndigestionIndigestion3% for Omega-3 Acid vs.2% for placebo

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Constipation
  • Decreased liver function
  • Gastrointestinal disorder
  • Hemorrhagic diathesis
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Vomiting

What to expect when you take Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergy to fish or shellfish

    If you know you are allergic to fish or shellfish, talk to your doctor as Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid) is made from different types of fish and shellfish. They may prescribe an alternative.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

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  • Take it with food.