Omacor (Omega 3 acid ethyl esters) is a prescription medication used along with a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, to lower very high triglycerides in the blood. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in oil from certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources. Omacor belongs to the group of drugs known as reducers of cholesterol and triglycerides. It works by lowering the body's production of triglycerides. High levels of triglycerides can lead to coronary artery disease, heart disease, and stroke.
The brand Omacor comes from the United Kingdom manufactured by Abbott in the strength of 1000 mg capsules. The generic version is not available.
Seek emergency medical attention if you have any signs of an allergic reaction. The less serious side effects of Omacor includes back pain, belching, mild skin rash, unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth, and upset stomach.
Stop using Omacor and call your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects of Omacor such as:
• Body aches, fever, chills, flu-like symptoms;
• Chest pain;
• Uneven heartbeats
You should not use Omacor if you are allergic to fish or soybeans. Before you start taking Omacor, tell your doctors about your medical history and if you drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day or if you have:
• A pancreas disorder;
• An underactive thyroid;
• Liver disease
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Omacor will not work well in lowering your triglycerides if you do not follow the diet plan recommended by your doctor. Do not drink alcohol; it increases triglycerides and may make your condition worse. Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements and vitamins. There may be a drug interaction between Omacor and other medications. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Omacor should not be taken by anyone under 18 years of age.
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