Is VASCEPA® Right For Me
If you have high triglycerides your doctor may recommend that you take VASCEPA along with diet and regular exercise.
Who Should Not Take VASCEPA?
Do not take VASCEPA if you are allergic to icosapent ethyl or any of these ingredients: tocopherol, gelatin, glycerin, maltitol, sorbitol, and purified water.
What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Taking VASCEPA?
Before you take VASCEPA, tell your doctor if you:
- Have diabetes.
- Have a low thyroid problem (hypothyroidism).
- Have a liver problem.
- Have a pancreas problem.
- Are allergic to fish or shellfish—it is not known if people who are allergic to fish or shellfish are also allergic to VASCEPA.
- Are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant—it is not known if VASCEPA will harm your unborn baby.
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed—VASCEPA can pass into your milk, and may harm your baby. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take VASCEPA.
Tell your doctor about what medications you currently take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements.
VASCEPA can interact with certain other medicines that you are taking. Please check with your doctor.
Especially tell your doctor if you take medicines that affect your blood clotting (anticoagulants or blood thinners). Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
Questions to Ask My Doctor
- What is my triglyceride number?
- What is a normal triglyceride number or range?
- What factors can contribute to high trigylcerides?
- What effects do high triglycerides have on my overall health?
- If I have high triglycerides, in addition to diet and exercise, what additional steps would you recommend?
- I am already taking medication to lower my cholesterol and control my diabetes. Would VASCEPA be an appropriate medication to control my high triglycerides?
Next: What are triglycerides?
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).
VASCEPA is a registered trademark of Amarin Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd.
© 2012 Amarin Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.