LOVAZA (lo-va-za) Capsules (omega-3-acid ethyl esters)
Read the Patient Information that comes with LOVAZA before you start taking it, and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your condition or treatment.
WHAT IS LOVAZA:
LOVAZA is a prescription medicine for adults called a lipid-regulating medicine. LOVAZA is made of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are natural substances that your body needs. They are found naturally in some plants and in the oil of certain fish, such as salmon and mackerel. LOVAZA is used along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to lower very high triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Before taking LOVAZA, talk to your healthcare provider about how you can lower high blood fats by:
♦losing weight, if you are overweight
♦ increasing physical exercise
♦ lowering alcohol use
♦ treating diseases such as diabetes and low thyroid (hypothyroidism)
♦ adjusting the dose or changing other medicines that raise triglyceride levels such as certain blood pressure medicines and estrogens
Treatment with LOVAZA has not been shown to prevent heart attacks or strokes. LOVAZA has not been studied in children under the age of 18 years.
Who should not take LOVAZA:
Do not take LOVAZA if you are allergic to LOVAZA or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before taking LOVAZA:
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
♦drink more than 2 glasses of alcohol daily
♦have a thyroid problem called hypothyroidism
♦have a liver problem
♦have a pancreas problem
♦are allergic to fish.
LOVAZA may not be right for you
♦ are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if LOVAZA can harm your unborn baby.
♦ are breastfeeding. It is not known if LOVAZA passes into your milk and if it can harmyour baby.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicine, vitamins and herbal supplements. LOVAZA and certain other medicines can interact causing serious side effects. Especially tell your doctor if you take medicines:
♦to reduce clotting known as anticoagulants or blood thinners. These include aspirin, warfarin, coumarin and clopidogrel (Plavix).
Know all the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.
Keep LOVAZA out of the reach of children. Be sure that if you throw medicines away, it is out of the reach of children.
General information about LOVAZA.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use LOVAZA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give LOVAZA to other people, even if they have the same problem you have. Lovaza may harm them.