The Only FDA Approved Fish Oil
Lovaza is a lipid-regulating medication only available by prescription that works to lower very high-levels of triglycerides. Triglycerides are blood fats stored in the body that can naturally occur or are converted from excess food that does not get burned as fuel. Triglycerides are often classified as bad fats and high levels of triglycerides in the blood are linked to increased risks for heart disease related issues including hardening of the arteries, heart attacks and strokes. The medication is only available by prescription and is generally prescribed to individuals unable to naturally lower their triglyceride levels through diet modification and exercise alone.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate over-the-counter dietary supplements containing omega-3 fish oils. Lovaza, however, is a prescription product and has undergone FDA safety testing to ensure it quality and safety.
- Lovaza is made from a natural ingredient.
- The purification process used to produce the pills creates a purer form than what is available over the counter and removes environmental toxins such as mercury.
- Results will not be immediate on Lovaza; it may be several months before users began seeing a reduction in triglyceride levels.
- Some side effects such as burping, heartburn and an upset stomach.
- In some patients, Lovaza can end up increasing the levels of bad cholesterol and patients will need to have regular blood test done by their physician to monitor these levels.
- Individuals who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast feeding need to discuss Lovaza with their doctor before taking.
- Those with allergies to any type of fish or shellfish may not be able to take Lovaza.
- Users of Lovaza should carefully discuss with their doctors all medications they take, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies. Individuals taking certain medications such as diuretics, or other fish oil supplements, may not be able to take Lovaza. Those with certain health conditions like diabetes may also not be eligible to take Lovaza.
Lovaza contains omega-3 fatty acids, a type of essential fatty acid that is not naturally found in the body; instead, it has to come from food. Lovaza is made using omega-3 acid ethyl esters, a type found in fish. The medication is sold in 1,000 milligram (1 gram) gel capsules and users take one to four pills a day. Overtime, the high concentration of omega-3 works to lower very high triglyceride levels in the liver and might also have a positive effect on the levels of good cholesterol.
Lovaza is proven to work for most individuals. Since it is available by prescription, those with health insurance can usually get the medication for a small copay. Although Lovaza is not a weight loss supplement, when used along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet it does have the ability to help individuals improve their overall health and quality of life.