Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl) Medication


Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl)

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Drug Description


Icosapent ethyl is a medication prescribed as an adjunct to statins, such as atorvastatin and simvastatin, in order to decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, and hospitalization for certain types of heart conditions. can be used in combination with a balanced diet to decrease triglycerides in the bloodstream. 

As a type of omega-3 fatty acid, which is a constituent of fish oil, Icosapent ethyl works by inhibiting the production of triglycerides in the body. To optimize the efficacy of this medication, better to adopt healthy lifestyle choices, such as adhering to a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet, engaging in regular physical activity, achieving a healthy weight, and abstaining from smoking. Patients are advised to consult their physicians for further information. 

Uses and Dosage 

Vascepa is a medication that acts on the liver and bloodstream to decrease very low-density triglycerides. To ensure optimal efficacy, take this medication orally with food, as directed by your physician, typically twice a day. Swallow the capsules whole and refrain from crushing, chewing, opening, or dissolving them. 

Do not substitute this product with other omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil products, including nonprescription products, vitamins, or supplements, without first consulting your doctor. Such products may not contain the same quantity and type of fatty acids as Vascepa. 

To maximize the benefits of Vascepa, take it regularly at the same time each day, even if you are feeling well. continue taking this medication as directed by your doctor. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects

Possible side effects of this medication include:  

  • Joint/muscle pain 
  • Constipation 

If you experience any of these side effects and they persist or worsen, promptly notify your doctor or pharmacist. 

Severe Side Effects

Your doctor has prescribed this medication because they have assessed that the benefits outweigh the risks of potential side effects. Most individuals who use this medication do not experience severe side effects. 

If you encounter any severe side effects, such as:  

  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat 
  • Easy bruising/bleeding 
  • Swelling in the ankles/feet/hands, notify your physician immediately. 

This list of possible side effects is not comprehensive, and if you observe any other effects not mentioned above, reach out to your doctor or pharmacist. 


Prior to taking icosapent ethyl, inform your physician or pharmacist if you have any allergies, particularly to this medication, fish or shellfish products, or any other substances. Inactive ingredients in this medication may result in allergic reactions or other complications, hence consulting with your pharmacist for more information is advisable. 

Disclose your medical history, especially of liver disease and irregular heartbeat (such as atrial fibrillation) to your healthcare provider or pharmacist before using this medication. 

If you are scheduled for surgery, ensure that your physician or dentist is informed of all the products you are using, including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products. 

Additional information

Generic name:

Icosapent Ethyl




0.5g, 1g

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