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Lovaza

Generic Name: omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (oh MAY ga 3 POL ee un SAT yoo ray ted FAT ee AS ids)
Brand Name: Fish Oil, Lovaza, MegaKrill, Nature's Bounty Red Krill Oil, Prenatal DHA, TheraTears Nutrition, Vascazen, Vayarin, Wellbaby DHA

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Sep 9, 2020 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is Lovaza?

There are many brands and forms of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet.

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.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Lovaza if you are allergic to Lovaza or soybeans.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Lovaza is 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.

While using Lovaza, you may need frequent blood tests.

You may need to follow a special diet while using Lovaza. Follow all instructions of your doctor or dietitian. Learn about the foods to eat or avoid to help control your condition.

If you need surgery, tell your surgeon you currently use this medicine. You may need to stop for a short time.

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.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • chest pain; or

  • uneven heartbeats.

Common side effects may include:

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:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Lovaza, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

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.

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