Generic name: omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids [ oh-MAY-ga-3 POL-ee-un-SAT-yoo-ray-ted-FAT-ee-AS-ids ]
Brand names: Dry Eye Omega Benefits, Fish Oil, Lovaza, MegaKrill, Nature's Bounty Red Krill Oil, ... show all 12 brands Prenatal DHA, Sea-Omega, TheraTears Nutrition, TherOmega, Triple Strength Red Krill Oil, Vascazen, Wellbaby DHA
Drug class: Nutraceutical products
What is Lovaza?
Lovaza is used together with diet and exercise to help lower triglyceride levels in the blood.
It is not known if Lovaza will prevent a heart attack or stroke. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors.
Lovaza may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on the label and package. Use exactly as directed.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Lovaza if you are allergic to Lovaza or soybeans.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have ever had:
an allergy to fish or shellfish;
a heart rhythm disorder;
a pancreas disorder; or
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take Lovaza?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Swallow the capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.
Take with food.
You may need frequent blood tests.
You may need to follow a special diet. Follow all instructions of your doctor or dietitian. Learn about the foods you should eat or avoid.
Tell your doctor if you have a planned surgery.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Lovaza?
Avoid eating foods high in fat or cholesterol, or Lovaza will not be as effective.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase triglycerides and may make your condition worse.
Lovaza side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Lovaza may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:
chest pain; or
Common side effects of Lovaza may include:
loss of appetite;
back pain; or
dry mouth, altered sense of taste.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Lovaza?
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
The main differences between Lovaza and Vascepa are their FDA approved uses, dose, side effects and price. Both Lovaza and Vascepa are used to lower high triglycerides; however, Vascepa is also approved to be used with a statin to lower the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Continue reading
More about Lovaza (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids)
- Side effects
- Drug interactions
- Dosage information
- During pregnancy
- Reviews (10)
- Drug images
- Compare alternatives
- Pricing & coupons
- Generic availability
- En español
- Drug class: nutraceutical products
Related treatment guides
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Copyright 1996-2022 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 9.03.