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A guide to discussing VASCEPA

Usually, very high triglycerides show no symptoms. They can only be detected with a blood test. Lack of exercise, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol, genetics, and taking certain medicines can all lead to very high triglycerides.

Your doctor may prescribe a medication such as VASCEPA to help you reduce your triglycerides. VASCEPA is the only FDA-approved PURE EPA omega-3 fatty acid.

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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).