Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

LovazaAlternatives

(omega-3 acid)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
Back to: Full Site Navigation

Compare Lovaza (omega-3 acid) to alternatives

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. 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.
Find lowest prices
Powered by GoodRxSave on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
No pricing data for this drug at this filter setting. Try searching onGoodRx
No pricing data for this drug at this filter setting. Try searching onGoodRx
No pricing data for this drug at this filter setting. Try searching onGoodRx
No pricing data for this drug at this filter setting. Try searching onGoodRx
Reviews & ratings
Filter group. All currently selected
Filter group. All currently selected
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.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
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.

                        Alcohol
                        Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
                        No 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 alcohol related info.
                        Food
                        Omega 3 AcidNiaspanAntaraTrilipix
                        • 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 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.
                        • 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.
                        • 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.
                        • 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, 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
                        • 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 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.
                        • 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.
                        Learn more
                        More about Omega 3 AcidSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
                        Have you used Lovaza (omega-3 acid)?
                        Worth itNot sureNot worth it
                        More about NiaspanSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
                        Have you used Niaspan (niacin)?
                        Worth itNot sureNot worth it
                        More about AntaraSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
                        Have you used Antara (fenofibrate)?
                        Worth itNot sureNot worth it
                        More about TrilipixSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
                        Have you used Trilipix (fenofibric acid)?
                        Worth itNot sureNot worth it