LOVAZA (Omega-3 Acid Ethyl Esters)
LOVAZA (Omega-3 Acid Ethyl Esters)
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Why is Lovaza prescribed?
Lovaza is prescribed to lower triglyceride levels (a certain type of fat) in the blood. It is commonly used together with making lifestyle modifications such as dieting and doing regular exercise to manage your triglyceride levels.
What does it do?
High triglyceride levels may cause problems with your liver and pancreas. Some studies show that it may also increase your risk of heart disease.
Omega-3 acid ethyl esters are found in fish oil and it is classified as a lipid-regulating agent. These work by lowering the amount of triglycerides and fats produced in your liver.
How should I use it?
Lovaza is available in 1g capsules intended for oral administration.
It should be taken with a full glass of water with or without food. Swallow the capsule as a whole and do not crush, chew, break open, or dissolve the contents of the capsule. Take it at the same time every day.
Take Lovaza exactly as your doctor instructed and do not make alterations in the dosage or frequency. Your doctor will make adjustments to your dosage as necessary.
Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for any concerns you may have when taking Lovaza.
What if I missed a dose?
Taking the dose properly at the scheduled time is needed to attain the desired effect of the drug. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and catch the next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses just to make up for your missed dose.
What are the special precautions before using Lovaza?
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to omega-3 acid ethyl esters, icosapent ethyl esters, and omega-3-carboxylic acids, any component of Lovaza, or any other medications.
Inform your doctor of your food allergies such as fish, shellfish, and soybeans.
Tell your doctor if you have diabetes, heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, liver, thyroid, or pancreatic disease.
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Does it have any side effects?
It is important to note that all drugs have corresponding side effects and adverse reactions. Additional information may be obtained when you ask your doctor or pharmacist..
- Common side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
- Alterations in sense of taste
- Stomach discomfort
- Serious side effects include:
- Chest tightness
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeats
- Skin rashes
- Vaginal bleeding or increased menstrual bleeding
Is it safe to use it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when taken with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Lovaza with any of the following medications:
Tell your doctor of any prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, supplements, and herbal products you are taking to prevent interactions with these medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Store Lovaza at room temperature (25°C) in a clean environment away from light and moisture. Do not keep it in the bathroom. Always keep it in the container it came in and keep it tightly closed. Keep out of reach from children and pets. Throw away unused or expired medications. Do not flush it in the toilet or down the sink. Consult your pharmacist on the proper disposal of this medication.
What action should I take in case of overdose?
In the event of an overdose, inform your doctor and seek immediate medical attention to prevent complications.
Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
According to the US FDA, Omega-3 acid ethyl esters are categorized as Pregnancy Category C. There are limited studies and data regarding the safety of Omega-3 acid ethyl esters in pregnant women and it is unknown if it is harmful to the fetus.
Omega-3 acid ethyl esters are present in human milk. It is unknown if it may cause harmful effects to the breastfeeding infant.
The use of Lovaza in pregnant and breastfeeding women should be avoided unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks.
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