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How Does This Medicine 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.

Can Children Use Icosapent Ethyl?

Icosapent ethyl is not approved for use in children. This certainly does not mean that children cannot take icosapent ethyl; it just means that this medication has not been adequately studied in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend icosapent ethyl for treating something other than extremely high triglycerides. This is called an "off-label" use. Treating moderately high triglycerides (less than 500 mg/dL) would be an off-label use for icosapent ethyl.
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