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Lovaza Alternatives

(omega-3 acid)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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These medications are comparable to Lovaza (omega-3 acid) or used for similar purposes.

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. Niaspan (Niacin) lowers triglycerides, but isn't as good as statins for improving cholesterol levels.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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4.96Omega 3 Acid
Reviews for Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
59%
of people (All ages) say Lovaza (omega-3 acid) is worth it
50%
say it works well
28%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Lovaza (omega-3 acid)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Niaspan (niacin)
43%
-16% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
31%
-19% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
19%
+9% better vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
380 reviews
Have you used Niaspan (niacin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Antara (fenofibrate)
27%
-32% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
14%
-36% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
29%
-1% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
Have you used Antara (fenofibrate)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Trilipix (fenofibric acid)
50%
-9% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
22%
-28% worse vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
25%
+3% better vs. Lovaza (omega-3 acid)
Have you used Trilipix (fenofibric acid)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • Eructation 3%
  • Change in taste 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
More Omega 3 Acid side effects »
  • Flushing 49%
  • Itching 6%
  • Rash 5%
More Niaspan side effects »
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased alt 1%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
More Antara side effects »
  • Headache 13%
  • Back pain 6%
  • Pain in extremity 5%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 5%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Common cold 4%
  • Diarrhea 4%
  • Joint pain 4%
  • Pain 4%
  • Dizziness 4%
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.Niaspan (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.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
Prescription only
Prescription only
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
Risk factors for serious side effects
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Atrial fibrillation
Detailed Lovaza (omega-3 acid) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with statins
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with anticoagulants
Detailed Niaspan (niacin) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
Detailed Antara (fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with anticoagulants
Detailed Trilipix (fenofibric acid) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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.

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.

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.

Interactions
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
No interactions related info.
  • Niaspan (Niacin) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed. Your doctor may have you do regular blood tests and change your medication doses.
No interactions related info.No interactions related info.
Alcohol
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
No alcohol related info.
  • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or 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 alcohol related info.
Food
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
  • You have to take it with food.
  • Take it with food.
  • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
  • Niaspan (Niacin) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed. Your doctor may have you do regular blood tests and change your medication doses.
No food related info.No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Antara (Fenofibrate), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
  • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
Pain
Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
No pain related info.
  • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
No pain related info.No pain related info.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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, Niaspan (Niacin) isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol levels.
  • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
  • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • If you miss doses often, you may need to re-start taking the medicine more regularly 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
  • 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.
  • Take Niaspan (Niacin) at bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
  • Can cause make your skin feel hot and change color. Your doctor may tell you to take an aspirin 30 minutes before you take Niaspan (Niacin) to reduce the flushing.
  • Call your doctor if you feel unexplained muscle pain.
  • Niaspan (Niacin) works differently from other medicines you can buy over-the-counter. Don't switch it with other medicines unless your doctor agrees.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Can cause backache or headache.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • 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.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
  • Can be used with other medications to help lower cholesterol.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Can raise your chance of getting colds and flu.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after.
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Have you used Trilipix (fenofibric acid)?
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