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Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

Lovaza is used to lower cholesterol.

 

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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64 yr old female on 4 gm of Lovaza daily. No side effects, and am prone to ABS. Triglycerides went from 360 to 86 in 3 months and are staying down. OTC fish oils all get burped up and are just so nasty. Rare burp with Lovaza. Have been using Lovaza going on 3 yrs. Only complaint is godawful cost. Until we meet our deductible it costs $465 and change for a 3 month supply. Even after deductible it costs around $100 for same amount. Pretty steep for person on SS and small pension. Doesn’t anybody else produce the omega-3 acid ethyl ester? Dr. office had some 800mg capsules for good price, but no longer carries them. I can’t find anything anywhere either. How much of my $465 goes for the fancy ads on TV now?

I am taking Lovaza 4gm/day to lower LDL. I have been taking it for about 2 weeks now. I came home today with severe stomach cramps with much, much gas. About a week ago, I started taking a new probiotic which has 20 BILLION and 10 strains of live, active cultures. I am wondering if either or both of these could cause the above symptoms? If anyone knows anything about stomach cramps as a side effect of either Lovaza or a strong probiotic, please let me know. Thanks, Gail

I was just diagnosed with high LDL, and high total cholesterol, but because of what I have read and heard about statins, I did not want to take a statin to lower my high LDL and cholesterol. My triglycerides are 80. My doctor recommended fish oil. I told him that I already take Dr. Sears (from the Zone Diet) fish oil, but that it is very expensive because it is a dietary supplement. He recommended Lovaza so that I could get it in a prescription and have the insurance company pay for it saving me a lot of money per month, and allowing me to take a dose 4 X what I am taking as a supplement because I can’t afford to pay what it would cost to quadruple my dosage ( It would cost me $70/ month for an 8 oz bottle).
Now I am paying a copay from Medco of $25/ month. In the literature about Lovaza, which I just got today, it doesn’t say anything about lowering LDL and even says in some people Lovaza raises LDL! Now I am sitting here with a 3 month supply (required by Medco) and I hope it works to lower my LDL and hope I don’t have any side effects from the much larger dose. I would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about this drug, especially about whether or not it can lower LDL cholesterol.

I took 2000 units of lovaza for several months but had back pain and insomnia the whole time. Dr said not the problem, put me on hormones and a sleep med, but I quit taking and stopped dairy products and fatty foods for a month and cut cholesterol in half, lowered my triglycerides, but not by much. Still triglycerides weren’t moving for me anyway with lovaza. I am female and 42 so I will continue trial without lovaza.

Dr Prescribed Lovaza (4000mg/day) for high triglycerides (350 – 600). Costly, can same result be obtained thru Costco’s Kirkland Omega 3, Total EPA + DHA of 300mg; taking ten or more per day???? Is there any problem with this approach??

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