Q. What do you know about prescription Lovaza? My eye doctor prescribed it for dry eyes and eye surface damage due to Sjogren’s syndrome.
I have great respect for my doctor, but I would like to know if other forms of omega-3 fats are just as effective. Lovaza is very costly. He also has me taking flax oil.
A. Lovaza is prescription-strength fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) approved for lowering high triglycerides. A month’s supply may cost over $160.
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder characterized by arthritis, dry mouth, dry eyes, dry skin and dry, brittle nails and hair. There is some preliminary evidence that omega-3 fatty acids found in both fish and flax oil might be helpful (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Oct. 2005). We see no reason why you couldn’t use high-quality OTC fish oil in lieu of Lovaza.