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Vascepa

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

Vascepa is used for:

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

Vascepa 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 Vascepa if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Vascepa

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

Before using Vascepa:

Some medical conditions may interact with Vascepa. 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 Vascepa. 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 Vascepa 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 Vascepa:

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

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Vascepa. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Take Vascepa by mouth with food.
  • Swallow Vascepa whole. Do not open, crush, dissolve, or chew before swallowing.
  • If you miss a dose of Vascepa, 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 Vascepa.

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 Vascepa without checking with your doctor.
  • Lab tests, including triglyceride and other lipid levels, may be performed while you use Vascepa. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Vascepa 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 Vascepa while you are pregnant. Vascepa is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Vascepa, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Vascepa:

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 Vascepa:

Store Vascepa 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 Vascepa out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Vascepa, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vascepa 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 Vascepa 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 Vascepa. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Vascepa. 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 Vascepa.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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