What are Triglycerides?
Like cholesterol, triglycerides are a naturally occurring type of fat in your blood. They are produced in your intestine and in your liver - largely from fats that you eat.1 Although triglycerides are similar to cholesterol, they are not the same.
What are the Causes?
High triglycerides (fat in the blood) are caused when your body makes more triglycerides than it gets rid of.
There are several reasons why high triglycerides are likely to develop:1
- Diet (what you eat and drink affects your triglyceride number, especially if you drink a lot of alcohol or eat foods high in fat or carbohydrates).
- Genetics (people with a family history of high triglycerides may be more likely to develop them).
- Some medical conditions that change how your body processes food (such as diabetes).
- Certain drugs (including steroids, estrogen tablets, and blood pressure medications known as beta-blockers).
- Lack of exercise.
What is VASCEPA?
VASCEPA is a prescription medicine used along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to lower high levels of triglycerides (fats) in adults.
- It is not known if VASCEPA changes your risk of having inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis).
- It is not known if VASCEPA prevents you from having a heart attack or stroke.
- It is not known if VASCEPA is safe and effective in children.
What are the possible side effects of VASCEPA?
- Do not take VASCEPA if you are allergic to icosapent ethyl or any of the ingredients in VASCEPA.
- It is not known if people who are allergic to fish or shellfish are also allergic to VASCEPA.
- The most common side effect of VASCEPA is joint pain. Talk to your doctor for medical advice about side effects. As with all drugs, you may experience a serious side effect when taking VASCEPA.
- Take VASCEPA capsules whole. Do not break, crush, dissolve, or chew VASCEPA capsules before swallowing.
- You may report side effects by calling 1-855-VASCEPA or the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
For more information, go to www.vascepa.com or call 1-855-VASCEPA (1-855-827-2372).
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- Miller M, Stone NJ, et al. Triglycerides and Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011;123:2292-2333.
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