Treating patients who have very high triglyceride levels. It is used in addition to a low-fat diet.
Lovaza is a lipid-regulating agent. Exactly how it works is not known. It may decrease the production of triglycerides in the liver.
Some medical conditions may interact with Lovaza. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, including fish, fish oil, or soy
- if you have a blood clotting problem
- if you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), liver problems, pancreas problems, or diabetes
- if you drink more than 2 glasses of alcohol a day
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lovaza. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Lovaza
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Lovaza may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Back pain; burping; flu-like symptoms (eg, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness); taste changes; upset stomach.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; chest pain; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; numbness of an arm or leg; severe stomach pain; signs of infection (eg, fever, chills, or persistent sore throat); sudden shortness of breath; sudden, severe headache, vomiting, dizziness, or fainting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.