- What is omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza), and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)?
- Is omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza) available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)?
- What are the side effects of omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)?
- What is the dosage for omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)?
- Is omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza) safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)?
What is the dosage for omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)?
The daily dose of Lovaza for reducing triglycerides is 4 grams per day. The daily dose may be taken as a single 4 gram dose (four capsules) or as two, 2 gram doses (two capsules given twice daily). Patients should be advised to swallow Lovaza capsules whole. They should not break open, crush, dissolve, or chew Lovaza capsules.
The dose of Lovaza as a dietary supplement is 1 to 2 capsules every 8 hours with meals.
Which drugs or supplements interact with omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza)?
Taking Lovaza with an anticoagulant (blood thinner) affecting coagulation such as aspirin, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (Motrin), warfarin (Coumadin), and heparin (Hep-Lock U/P) should be monitored periodically as Lovaza may increase the risk of bleeding.
Since some drugs may increase TG levels, patients should tell their doctor or pharmacist of the following medications before using Lovaza since their doctor may want to change the doses of these medications or monitor their effects; beta-blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin), diuretics or water pills such as hydrochlorothiazide (Diuril), and vitamins/supplements (fish/flaxseed/cod liver oils).
Lovaza contains ethyl esters of omega-3 fatty acids which are obtained from the oil of several fish sources. Lovaza should therefore be used with caution in patients with known sensitivity or allergy to fish and/or shellfish.
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