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What Is Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters Used For?

How Does It Work?

This medication contains two different omega-3 fatty acids -- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Although the specifics of exactly how DHA and EPA work are not yet clear, it is known that they decrease the liver's production of triglycerides.

Can It Be Used By Children?

Omega-3-acid ethyl esters is not approved for use in children. This certainly does not mean that children cannot take it; it just means that this medication (like most medications) has not been adequately studied in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using omega-3-acid ethyl esters in children.

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend omega-3-acid ethyl esters for something other than very high triglycerides. These are known as off-label uses. Currently, omega-3-acid ethyl esters is sometimes used off-label for the following purposes:
  • Treating a kidney disorder known as IgA nephropathy
  • Preventing a second heart attack
  • Lowering moderately high triglycerides (less than 500 mg/dL)
  • Treating heart failure.
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