VASCEPA (Icosapent Ethyl)
VASCEPA (Icosapent Ethyl)
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Why is Vascepa prescribed?
Icosapent ethyl (Vascepa) is prescribed in combination with dietary modifications, to lessen the severely high levels of triglycerides (a kind of fat obtained from food) found in the blood of patients. It is also used in combination with medications that lower cholesterol levels, such as statins, to reduce the possibility of heart attacks, stroke, and other heart conditions that need to be treated in the hospital.
What does it do?
Increased levels of triglycerides in the blood can result in hardened arteries. This can affect the circulation of blood and oxygen to different organs of your body and may make you more prone to getting heart attacks, strokes, and heart diseases. Icosapent ethyl belongs to a drug class called antilipemics and it works by reducing the production of triglycerides in the liver. It also enhances the removal of triglycerides in the bloodstream.
How should I take it?
Vascepa and its generic equivalents are currently available as 1g capsules. Each capsule should be taken as a whole (do not split) by mouth with food.
The dosage strength depends on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only use this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The desired effects of prescribed medications will only be achieved if taken properly. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. However, if you miss a dose, take it immediately and adjust the time of your next dose depending on your doctor’s advice. Never take two doses at the same time just to make up for your missed dose.
What are the special precautions before taking Vascepa?
Before taking Icosapent ethyl, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies to food or to the drug itself as it may contain several inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or problems.
Inform your doctor about your past and current medical history especially if you have or have had diabetes, irregular heartbeats, heart rhythm problems, heart disease, liver disease, thyroid disorders, or pancreatic problems.
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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:
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Pressure in the chest
- Swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet
- Serious side effects include:
- Chest discomfort
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
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 Vascepa with any of the following medications:
If you are using any prescription, non-prescription, and herbal medications, inform your doctor and pharmacist for proper information and ask for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Store Vascepa at room temperature (25°C) in a clean environment away from light and moisture, as well as children and pets. Do not refrigerate. Do not remove the desiccant in the original container. Throw away if unused or expired. Do not flush in the toilet. Consult the pharmacist for proper disposal.
What action should I take in case of overdose?
Call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
There are only limited studies and data regarding the safety of Icosapent ethyl to determine drug-associated risks of major maternal defects, miscarriages, and fetal outcomes.
Data indicates the presence of Icosapent ethyl in human milk. Consult your doctor first before breastfeeding.
The use of Icosapent ethyl in pregnant and breastfeeding women should be avoided unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks.
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