Lovaza

Generic Name: Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

  • What is Lovaza?

    Lovaza is used together with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to help reduce the level of very high triglycerides (fats) in your blood.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lovaza?

    Your doctor should start you on a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet before giving you Lovaza. Stay on this diet while taking Lovaza.

    People with liver problems should have their liver function monitored while taking Lovaza.

    Some people taking Lovaza developed an increase in "bad" cholesterol (LDL). Your doctor may want to monitor your cholesterol and triglyceride levels while you are taking Lovaza.

    Use Lovaza with caution if you have an allergy to fish or shellfish, because Lovaza contains oil from several fish sources. Tell your doctor if you develop any allergic reaction while taking Lovaza.

  • Who should not take Lovaza?

    Do not take Lovaza if you are allergic to the medication or any of its ingredients. Lovaza contains soybean oil.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lovaza?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lovaza. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes (high blood sugar), or problems with your liver, thyroid, or pancreas, if you drink more than two glasses of alcohol daily, or if you are allergic to fish or shellfish.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 4 grams (g) once daily, and it may be taken as a single 4-g dose (4 capsules taken once daily) or as two 2-g doses (2 capsules taken twice a day).

  • How should I take Lovaza?

    Lovaza may be taken with or without food. Lovaza capsules should be swallowed whole. If you cannot swallow Lovaza capsules whole, tell your doctor. Do not take more than 4 capsules of Lovaza a day as it may increase your risk for side effects.

    While taking Lovaza, every attempt should be made to control cholesterol and triglyceride levels with appropriate diet, exercise, and weight loss in overweight patients.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lovaza?

    Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. This medication will not be as effective in lowering your triglycerides if you do not follow the diet plan recommended by your doctor. Avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol and medications known to increase triglyceride levels in your blood, including blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers, certain diuretics (water pills), and estrogens.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lovaza?

    If Lovaza is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lovaza with any of the following: blood thinners (such as aspirin, warfarin, and clopidogrel), estrogens, beta-blockers, and certain diuretics (water pills).

  • What are the possible side effects of Lovaza?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: back pain, burping, body aches, chest pain, chills, fever, flulike symptoms, infection, mild skin rash, unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth, upset stomach

  • Can I receive Lovaza if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lovaza during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lovaza?

    If you miss a dose of Lovaza, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Lovaza?

    Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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