Compare Omega 3 Acid vs. Lopid

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Lovaza (Omega-3 Acid)

Prescription only

Lopid (gemfibrozil)

Prescription only
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
Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Lopid (gemfibrozil) works well to lower triglycerides and bad cholesterol, but it may not be the best option if you're also on a statin drug.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Lopid (gemfibrozil) is available as a generic.
  • It can significantly lower your triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL), and raise your good cholesterol (HDL).
  • More effective and causes fewer side effects than non-statin cholesterol-lowering medicines.
Downsides
  • You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
  • You have to take it with food.
  • Since so many people use statin medications to treat their cholesterol, Lopid (gemfibrozil) isn't generally the first choice treatment to use since it can interact with statins.
  • Can be more expensive than some alternative medicines.
  • Need to take Lopid (gemfibrozil) twice a day, whereas other similar medications are only once a day.
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Reviews
46 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
50%
saiditworked well
28%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Eructation
    4%
  • Taste perversion
    4%
  • Dyspepsia
    3%
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9possible side effects
  • Stomach and intestinal problems
    34%
  • Stomach upset
    20%
  • Abdominal pain
    10%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Nausea or vomiting
    3%
  • Eczema
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
  • Feeling off balance
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Allergic reactions
    • Allergy to fish or shellfish
  • Heart flutter
    • Atrial fibrillation
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  • Muscle pain
    • Taking Lopid (gemfibrozil) with statins
  • Liver problems
    • Past history of liver disease
  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
  • Bleeding risk
    • Taking Lopid (gemfibrozil) with anticoagulants
  • Breastfeeding
  • Gallstones
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