Generic Name: omega-3-acid ethyl esters (oh-MAY-ga 3 AS-id ETH-il ES-ters)
Brand Name: Lovaza
Lovaza is used for:
Treating patients who have very high triglyceride levels. It is used in addition to a low-fat diet.
Lovaza is a lipid-regulating agent. Exactly how it works is not known. It may decrease the production of triglycerides in the liver.
Do NOT use Lovaza if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Lovaza
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Lovaza:
Some medical conditions may interact with Lovaza. 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, shellfish, or soy
- if you have a blood clotting problem
- if you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), liver problems, pancreas problems, diabetes, or a certain type of irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter)
- if you are taking a beta-blocker (eg, metoprolol), an estrogen, or a thiazide diuretic (eg, hydrochlorothiazide)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lovaza. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), antiplatelet medicines (eg, aspirin, clopidogrel), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen), or any other medicine that affects blood clotting 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 Lovaza 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 Lovaza:
Use Lovaza as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions:
- An extra patient information leaflet is available with Lovaza. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take Lovaza by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Swallow Lovaza whole. Do not break, open, crush, dissolve, or chew before swallowing. If you cannot swallow Lovaza whole, tell your doctor. You may need a different medicine.
- Lovaza works best if it is taken at the same time(s) each day.
- Do NOT change your dose or stop taking Lovaza without talking to your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of Lovaza, 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 Lovaza.
Important safety information:
- Follow the diet and exercise program given to you by your health care provider.
- Patients who have a certain type of irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter) may have an increase in the frequency of the irregular heartbeat while taking Lovaza. This may happen especially within the first 2 to 3 months of starting Lovaza. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Lab tests, including liver function and blood lipid levels, may be performed while you use Lovaza. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Lovaza 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 Lovaza while you are pregnant. Lovaza is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Lovaza, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Lovaza:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Burping; taste changes; upset stomach.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irregular heartbeat; severe stomach pain; unusual bruising or bleeding.
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, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Lovaza:
Store Lovaza at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lovaza out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Lovaza, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Lovaza 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 Lovaza 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 Lovaza. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Lovaza. 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 Lovaza.
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.