Icosapent ethyl

Generic Name: icosapent ethyl (eye-KOE-sa-pent ETH-il)
Brand Name: Vascepa

Icosapent ethyl is used for:

Decreasing triglyceride levels in certain patients. It is used along with diet.

Icosapent ethyl is a form of EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil. It decreases production in the liver of a certain cholesterol/triglyceride combination. It also helps to remove triglycerides from the blood.

Do NOT use icosapent ethyl if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in icosapent ethyl

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using icosapent ethyl:

Some medical conditions may interact with icosapent ethyl. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including fish or shellfish)
  • if you have a history of liver problems or inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • if you have diabetes or underactive thyroid
  • if you drink alcohol
  • if you are taking beta-blockers (eg, metoprolol), estrogen, or thiazide diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with icosapent ethyl. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or antiplatelet medicines (eg, clopidogrel) because the risk of bleeding may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if icosapent ethyl may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use icosapent ethyl:

Use icosapent ethyl as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with icosapent ethyl. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Take icosapent ethyl by mouth with food.
  • Swallow icosapent ethyl whole. Do not open, crush, dissolve, or chew before swallowing.
  • If you miss a dose of icosapent ethyl, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use icosapent ethyl.

Important safety information:

  • Follow the diet and exercise program given to you by your health care provider.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose, change your dose, or stop taking icosapent ethyl without checking with your doctor.
  • Lab tests, including triglyceride and other lipid levels, may be performed while you use icosapent ethyl. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Icosapent ethyl should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using icosapent ethyl while you are pregnant. Icosapent ethyl is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use icosapent ethyl, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of icosapent ethyl:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Joint pain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org ), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of icosapent ethyl:

Store icosapent ethyl at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep icosapent ethyl out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about icosapent ethyl, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Icosapent ethyl is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take icosapent ethyl or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about icosapent ethyl. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to icosapent ethyl. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using icosapent ethyl.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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