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What are the Benefits of VASCEPA®?

VASCEPA is the only FDA approved prescription product that contains a single Omega-3 fatty acid, EPA*. DHA, another common Omega-3, has been shown to increase LDL (bad) cholesterol.1,2 VASCEPA, EPA only, has been shown to lower triglycerides without raising LDL (bad) cholesterol.

How Vascepa is Different than Supplements

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Some Other Triglyceride Medications May Raise LDL (Bad) Cholesterol.

Some Triglyceride Treatments

In people with very high triglycerides (>500 mg/dL) some other TG-lowering therapies have been shown to decrease TGs but also increase LDL (bad) cholesterol. No studies have been conducted to directly compare the effects of VASCEPA and other triglyceride lowering medications on triglycerides or LDL-C. Talk to your doctor about what triglyceride lowering medication is right for you.

What are the Benefits of VASCEPA?

  • VASCEPA is the first FDA approved prescription product that contains only the Omega-3 fatty acid, EPA.
  • VASCEPA has been clinically proven to reduce high triglycerides without raising LDL (bad) cholesterol.4
  • VASCEPA can safely be used with statins.
  • VASCEPA has also been shown to reduce high amounts of other fatty substances in the blood.4,5 Your doctor can provide you with more information about these fats.
  • 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.

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).

*Eicosapentaenoic acid – a type of Omega-3

Increase in LDL cholesterol seen with other triglyceride lowering medications was seen in patients with very high triglyceride levels.

References
  1. 4.Jacobson TA, Glickstein SB, Rowe JD, Soni PN. Effects of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid on low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and other lipids: a review. J Clin Lipidol. 2012;6(1):5-18n.
  2. Wei MY, Jacobson TA. Effects of eicosapentaenoic acid versus docosahexaenoic acid on serum lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2011;13:474-483.
  3. Miller M, Stone NJ, et al. Triglycerides and Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011;123:2292-2333.
  4. VASCEPA Prescribing Information. Amarin Corporation. 2012
  5. Bays HE, Ballantyne CM, et al. Eicosapentaenoic Acid Ethyl Ester (AMR101) Therapy in Patients With Very High Triglyceride Levels (MARINE). AmJ Cardiol. 2011;108(5);682-90. (www.ajconline.org)

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Important Safety Information for VASCEPA®

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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