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(Omega-3 Acid)

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Lovaza
(Omega-3 Acid)

Niaspan
(Niacin)

Antara
(Fenofibrate)

Trilipix
(Fenofibric Acid)

Lowers triglycerides. Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.Lowers cholesterol. niacin is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.Lowers cholesterol. Trilipix is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.
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4.956521739130435Omega 3 Acid
Reviews for Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
59%
of people say Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid) is worth it
50%
say it works well
28%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Niaspan (Niacin)
43%
16% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
31%
19% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
19%
+9% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
Reviews for Antara (Fenofibrate)
27%
32% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
14%
36% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
29%
1% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
Reviews for Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid)
49%
10% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
22%
28% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
25%
+3% vs. Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)
Side effects
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • Eructation 3%
  • Indigestion 1%
More Omega 3 Acid side effects »
  • Flushing 50%
  • Itching 6%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Cough increased 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
More Niaspan side effects »
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Increased alt 1%
More Antara side effects »
  • Abnormal liver tests 7%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Decreased liver function 1%
More Trilipix side effects »
How it works
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
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.niacin is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to lower the amount of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) made by the liver. It may also help your body process cholesterol.Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).Trilipix is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Type of medication
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
Cholesterol-lowering
Omega-3 fatty acid
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Nicotinic acid
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Fibric acid
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Fibric acid
Prescription only
Available as
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
Risk factors for serious side effects
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Atrial fibrillation
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Pregnancy category
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. 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.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. 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.

See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. 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.

See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. 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.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
  • You have to take it with food.
  • Take it with food.
  • You have to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Take it at bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • 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.
  • Lowers the risk of a second heart attack.
  • Good for lowering triglycerides (fats).
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Good medicine for lowering triglycerides.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
Downsides and risks
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • By itself, niacin is not as effective as statins for improving cholesterol.
  • Can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
  • You have to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • If you don't take it regularly, you might have to re-start the medicine at a lower dose.
  • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
  • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
  • In clinical studies, Trilipix hasn't lowered cholesterol or the risk of heart attack and stroke better than statins.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • 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.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
  • Take it at bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
  • Can cause flushing.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle pain.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
  • Can cause backache or headache.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
  • Can be used with other medications to help lower cholesterol.
  • Can raise your chance of getting colds and flu.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
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