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About Triglycerides

SO YOU HAVE VERY HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES.
WHAT DOES THAT
MEAN?

Being told you have very high triglycerides can be worrying. The good news is that they can be treated with VASCEPA, in addition to the diet and exercise recommended by your doctor. To help you, we’ve provided what you need to know about managing your triglycerides.

The risk of very high triglycerides

What are
triglycerides?

Many people know about cholesterol but have not heard of triglycerides. Both cholesterol and triglycerides are naturally occurring fats in your blood.

They are made in the intestine and liver, mostly from fats you eat. Although triglycerides are similar to cholesterol, they are not the same. Cholesterol is important for your cells and makes some hormones. Triglycerides store unused calories and give your body energy.

Like many people, you may already know you need to lower your bad cholesterol numbers. It is also important to lower your triglyceride numbers when they are too high. If both your bad cholesterol and triglyceride numbers are too high, your doctor may prescribe two different medicines.

It is important to ask your doctor about your triglyceride number and whether you need VASCEPA.

What are the Causes
of High Triglycerides?

High triglycerides (fat in the blood) are caused when your body makes more triglycerides than it gets rid of.
There are several reasons why you might have high triglycerides:

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DIET
What you eat and drink affects your triglyceride number, especially alcohol and carbs.
genetics
GENETICS
People with a family history of high triglycerides may be more likely to develop them.
medical conditioning
MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Some medical conditions (such as diabetes) change how your body processes food.
certain drugs
CERTAIN DRUGS
Including steroids, estrogen tablets, and blood pressure medications.
lack of exercise
LACK OF EXERCISE
Lack of exercise may have an impact on your triglycerides.

In addition to prescribing VASCEPA, your doctor may take other steps to address the cause(s) of your very high triglycerides.

WHY ARE TRIGLYCERIDES
IMPORTANT?

When your body makes too many triglycerides, you can develop too much fat in your blood. This is bad.

Approximately
3.4 MILLION AMERICANS
have very high triglyceride levels (≥500 mg/dL).

people

Like cholesterol, triglycerides are used by the body in normal amounts to ensure good health. However, very high levels of triglycerides, like high levels of bad cholesterol, may lead to serious health problems.


According to the National Cholesterol Education Program, triglyceride levels are grouped as follows:

  • Normal triglyceride levels are less than 150 mg/dL.
  • Borderline-high triglyceride levels are 150 to 199 mg/dL.
  • High triglyceride levels are 200 to 499 mg/dL.
  • Very high triglyceride levels are 500 mg/dL or higher.

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.

Who should not take VASCEPA?

  • Do not take VASCEPA if you are allergic to icosapent ethyl or any of the ingredients in VASCEPA.

What are the possible side effects of 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.
  • Tell your doctor if you take medicines that affect your blood clotting (anticoagulants or blood thinners).
  • If you have liver problems and are taking VASCEPA, your doctor should do blood tests during treatment.
  • 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 on VASCEPA, see the full Prescribing Information or call 1-855-VASCEPA (1-855-827-2372).

Important Safety Information

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.

Who should not take VASCEPA?

  • Do not take VASCEPA if you are allergic to icosapent ethyl or any of the ingredients in VASCEPA.

What are the possible side effects of 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.
  • Tell your doctor if you take medicines that affect your blood clotting (anticoagulants or blood thinners).
  • If you have liver problems and are taking VASCEPA, your doctor should do blood tests during treatment.
  • 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 on VASCEPA, see the full Prescribing Information or call 1-855-VASCEPA (1-855-827-2372).