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How to Take VASCEPA®

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For best results, take VASCEPA (icosapent ethyl) exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • VASCEPA should be taken with food.
  • Take VASCEPA capsules whole. Do not break, crush, dissolve, or chew VASCEPA capsules before swallowing.
  • Do not change your dose or stop taking VASCEPA without talking to your doctor.
  • You should not take more than 4 capsules of VASCEPA each day. Do not take more capsules than what is prescribed by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of VASCEPA, take it as soon as you remember. However, if you miss one day of VASCEPA, do not double your dose when you take it.
  • Your doctor may start you on a diet that is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, and low in added sugars before giving you VASCEPA. Stay on this diet while taking VASCEPA.
  • Your doctor may do blood tests while you take VASCEPA, especially if you have liver problems.

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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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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