omega-3-acid ethyl esters (cont.)

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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.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Lovaza should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit to the patient justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

NURSING MOTHERS:  Lovaza is excreted in human milk and caution should be exercised when administering Lovaza to nursing women.

SIDE EFFECTS: Upset stomach, burping, and strange tastes in may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, patients should notify their doctor. They also should tell their doctors immediately if any of the following rare but serious side effects that suggest increased bleeding occur: easy bleeding from cuts/bruising, black/tarry stools, vomitus that looks like coffee grounds.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/28/2014

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