What is Lovaza
Lovaza (omega-3-acid ethyl esters) is a prescription medication that related to a class of medications called antilipemic or lipid-regulating agents. It works by decreasing the amount of triglycerides and other fats made in the liver.
Lovaza is used to treat very high triglycerides. It is made from fish oil and is highly refined to remove toxins, impurities, fat and cholesterol.
Side effects of Lovaza
Possible side effects caused by Lovaza include the followings:
- change in the sense of taste
- back pain
- chest pain
Lovaza is used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) in order to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in your blood.
It is very important to inform your doctor before taking Lovaza if you have:
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- A habit of consuming more than two glasses of alcohol daily
- Any other allergies, including allergies to food, dyes or preservatives
- Are breastfeeding, pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are taking any other medicines, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements
Lovaza dose for High Triglycerides
The standard dose of Lovaza for treating high triglycerides is 4 grams (4000 mg) a day. This can be taken all at once (as 4 capsules) or as 2 capsules twice daily.
Your doctor may recommend you a lower Lovaza dosage if you are taking the medication "off-label" (for a use other than the FDA-approved use of treating high triglycerides).