OMEGA-3-ACID-ETHYL-ESTER 1000MG CAPSULES SOFT
Package leaflet: Information for the user
Omega-3-acid-ethyl-esters 1000mg Capsules, Soft
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters 90
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules are and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
3. How to take Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules is and what it is used for
Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules contains highly purified omega-3 polyunsaturated
Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules belong to a group of medicines called reducers of cholesterol and
Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules is used:
• together with other medicines for treatment after a heart attack.
• to treat certain forms of increased triglycerides (fats) in the blood after changes to the diet have not
What you need to know before you take Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
Do not take Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
• if you are allergic to omega-3 fatty acids, soya, peanut or any of the other ingredients of this
medicine (listed in Section 6)
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
• if you are due to have or have had surgery recently
• if you have had a trauma recently
• if you have a kidney problem
• if you have diabetes which is not controlled
• if you have/have had problems with your liver. Your doctor will monitor any effects Omega-3acid-ethyl-ester Capsules may have on your liver with blood tests.
Children and adolescents
In the absence of efficacy and safety data, Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules are not indicated for use
in children or adolescents.
There is no data in the use of Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules in elderly patients above 70 years of
age. Use Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules with care if you are over 70 years of age.
Other medicines and Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
If you are using a medicine to stop blood clotting in your arteries, such as warfarin, you may need
extra blood tests and your usual dose of your blood thinning medicine may have to be changed.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules with food and drink
You should take the capsules at meal times. This is to help lower the chances of side effects that affect
the area in and around the stomach (the gastro-intestinal area).
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
You should not take this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, unless your doctor decides it
is absolutely necessary.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
This medicine is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules contains soya oil
The capsule shell may contain traces of soya oil. If you are allergic to peanut or soya, do not take this
How to take Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose after a heart attack is one capsule a day.
The recommended dose for high blood triglycerides is 2 capsules a day, as recommended by a doctor.
If the medicine is not working well enough at this dose, your doctor may increase this to 4 capsules a
Instructions for use
• Swallow the capsules with a drink of water.
• You may take the capsules at meal times to help reduce gastro-intestinal side effects.
• Your doctor will decide how long you should take this medicine.
If you take more Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules than you should
If you accidentally take more of this medicine than you should, do not worry, as this is unlikely to
need special treatment.
If you forget to take Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you miss a dose, take it when you
remember unless it is almost time for your next dose, in which case take the next dose as usual
If you stop using Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
Do not stop the treatment without consulting your doctor. Talk to your doctor if you are not satisfied
with the effects of Omega-3-acid-ethyl-esters Capsules.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following are side effects that may happen with this medicine:
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people:
• stomach problems and indigestion (dyspepsia)
• feeling sick (nausea)
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people:
• abdominal and stomach pain
• allergic reactions
• problems with taste
• being sick (vomiting)
Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people:
• itchy rash (pruritus)
• high blood sugar levels
• liver problems
Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people:
• blood in your stools
• low blood pressure
• dry nose
• raised red skin rash (hives or urticaria)
• changes in the results of certain blood tests
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting
system listed below:
Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (Ansm)
et réseau des Centres Régionaux de Pharmacovigilance
Site internet: www.ansm.sante.fr
Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte
Kurt-Georg-Kiesinger Allee 3
Sistema Español de Farmacovigilancia de Medicamentos de Uso Humano
Yellow Card Scheme
Tel: Freephone 0808 100 3352
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to store Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
This product should be used within 100 days of opening the bottle.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the outer carton. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Keep the bottle in the outer carton in order to protect from the light.
Store below 25oC. Do not freeze.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
Contents of the pack and other information
What Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules contain
The active substances are omega-3 fatty acids in a form of ethyl esters. Each capsule contains 840 mg
of eicosapentaenoic acid ethyl ester (460 mg per capsule) and docosahexaenoic acid ethyl ester (380
mg per capsule).
The other ingredients are alpha tocopherol (in sunflower oil) and gelatin, glycerol and purified water
which are the components of the soft capsule shell. The capsule shell can also contain traces of
medium-chain triglycerides and soya (lecithin), see section 2.
What Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules look like and contents of the pack
Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules are transparent soft gelatin capsules filled with pale yellow oil.
Omega-3-acid-ethyl-ester Capsules come in plastic bottles with a snap-on cap and integrated seals,
containing 28 and 100 capsules.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Trygg Pharma AS
PO Box1423 Vika
EPAX Norway AS
PO Box 2047
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
France - Esters éthyliques d’acides oméga-3 Vegardin 1000 mg, capsules molles
Germany - Omega-3-Säurenethylester Vegardin 1000 mg Weichkapseln
Spain - Ácidos omega-3 Vegardin 1000 mg cápsulas blandas EFG
United Kingdom - Omega-3-acid–ethyl-ester 1000mg Capsules, Soft
This leaflet was last revised in
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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