What is this medication?
Icosapent Ethyl, Vascepa
Antilipemic Agent, Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Icosapent Ethyl, Vascepa is indicated for cardiovascular risk reduction with mild hypertriglyceridemia.
How does this medication work?
Reduction in the hepatic production of triglyceride-rich very low-density lipoproteins. The mechanisms contributing to reduction of cardiovascular events are not completely understood but are likely multifactorial such as increased eicosapentaenoic acid composition from carotid plaques, increased circulating EPA/arachidonic acid ratio, and inhibition of platelet aggregation.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 2 g twice daily with meals
How to Take: Administer with food. Swallow whole; do not break, crush, dissolve, or chew. Dietary modification is important in the control of severe hypertriglyceridemia. Maintain standard cholesterol-lowering diet during therapy.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Icosapent Ethyl, Vascepa make sure your physician is aware of any allergies (seafood/shellfish) or medications you currently take, if you have atrial fibrillation, other conditions associated with abnormal lipids (ie diabetes), liver disease, or a bleeding disorder.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Hemorrhage, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, peripheral edema, gout, constipation, musculoskeletal pain
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.
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