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Prescriptions Vs Supplements

Why should you
take VASCEPA

instead of fish-oil supplements?

Unlike VASCEPA, dietary supplements are not approved to treat medical conditions. Talk to your doctor about why VASCEPA may be right for you before taking a dietary supplement.

Fish-oil supplements

Not OTC
ARE NOT "OVER-THE-COUNTER."
Supplements are sometimes referred to as OTC (over-the-counter) drugs but they are not; the FDA does not confirm efficacy and safety before these products are sold to patients, which leads to uncertainty about effectiveness at lowering triglycerides.
Not FDA regulated
ARE LOOSELY REGULATED.
Supplements do not have to meet strict FDA standards for efficacy, safety, and manufacturing that prescription drugs must meet.
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You don’t know what you’re getting.
Studies have shown many supplements contain lower amounts of omega-3 than what’s listed on the label, and they may contain unknown ingredients.
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Could be up to one-third saturated fat.
A recent study revealed that up to 36% of the content of some supplements was saturated fat, which is known to be unhealthy in large amounts.
Raises bad cholestrol
MAY RAISE BAD CHOLESTEROL.
Many supplements contain DHA, which may increase levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol in some patients with very high triglycerides.
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Fish oil breaks down and can spoil.
Over time, unless the fish oil has been processed under drug manufacturing conditions, it can break down. And if it has been exposed to air it can become spoiled, which may result in an unpleasant odor.
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It could take up to 40 capsules per day.
Omega-3 fish-oil supplements can be expensive because to equal the 4 grams per day of EPA found in VASCEPA, it could possibly take 10 to 40 capsules a day.
Cost
Could cost more than a prescription.
To purchase the 10 to 40 omega-3 fish-oil capsules that could equal the 4 grams per day of EPA in VASCEPA could cost far more than a prescription copay—with the VASCEPA Savings Card, your prescription can cost as little as $9.*

If your triglyceride levels are too high, diet and exercise may not be enough to get them under control. Your physician may also prescribe medication, such as VASCEPA, the only FDA-approved PURE EPA omega-3.

* Prescriber ID# required on prescription. Not for use by residents of VT, nor medical professionals licensed in VT. May not be used to obtain prescription drugs paid for by Federal or State Healthcare Programs including Medicare Part D excluding Federal & State Health exchanges. This offer is not valid for those patients under 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law.
FDA, Food and Drug Administration.

Clearing up the confusion—
straight talk about supplements

Myth
Fish-oil omega-3 dietary supplements are a less expensive option than FDA-approved prescription therapy.
Fact
Some fish-oil supplements contain such low amounts of omega-3, the cost to achieve a higher dose of EPA is higher than the typical cost of a prescription. VASCEPA is available for as little as $9 per month with the VASCEPA Savings Card for eligible patients.*

Myth
All treatments developed from fish-oil products result in "fishy burps," potential nausea, and diarrhea.
Fact
A clinical study has shown that no patients taking VASCEPA reported "fishy taste" or “fishy burps,” and only 1% reported nausea or diarrhea.

Myth
Fish oils are natural; therefore, they are a safe treatment option to reduce triglyceride levels.
Fact
Natural doesn’t mean safe. Prescription medications are reviewed and approved by the FDA. However, dietary supplement manufacturers are not required to gain approval from the FDA before selling them. This means that the true safety of these products is unknown.

Dr Eliot Brinton separates fact from fiction regarding dietary supplements.

Watch the video below to hear endocrinologist and dietary supplement expert Dr Eliot Brinton separate fact from fiction regarding dietary supplements.

Dr Brinton Video
* Prescriber ID# required on prescription. Not for use by residents of VT, nor medical professionals licensed in VT. May not be used to obtain prescription drugs paid for by Federal or State Healthcare Programs including Medicare Part D excluding Federal & State Health exchanges. This offer is not valid for those patients under 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law.
MARINE trial, as compared with placebo.

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).