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Icosapent Ethyl

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Icosapent Ethyl to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Icosapent ethyl contains the omega-3 fatty acid EPA. Although the specifics of exactly how EPA works are not fully understood yet, it is known that it decreases the liver's production of triglycerides and increases the breakdown of triglycerides in the bloodstream.

Clinical Effects of Icosapent Ethyl

In studies, people with high triglycerides who took icosapent ethyl lowered their triglyceride levels by 27 percent, while people who took a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients) actually increased their triglycerides by 10 percent. Studies have shown that icosapent ethyl does not seem to increase LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol"), a problem that has been a concern with other omega fatty acid products.
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