Omega-3-acid ethyl esters is a prescription medicine licensed to treat very high levels of triglycerides. It is a fish oil product that contains EPA and DHA, omega-3 fatty acids that help decrease the liver's production of triglycerides. Omega-3-acid ethyl esters comes in the form of a capsule that is taken once or twice daily. Side effects of this medication may include infections, burping, and heartburn.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the common side effects include, but are not limited to:
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Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed April 25, 2014.
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