Triglycerides and Cholesterol
Triglycerides and cholesterol are not the same.
Many people are familiar with the importance of lowering cholesterol numbers, but it can also be important to lower your triglyceride numbers if they are too high. You can have normal cholesterol but still have high triglycerides. Or your cholesterol and triglycerides may both be too high.1 If both your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers are too high, your doctor may prescribe two different medications.
It is important to ask your doctor about your triglyceride number and whether you need 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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- Executive Summary of the Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III). JAMA. May 16, 2001;285(19):2486-97.
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