Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl) Customer Reviews


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Icosapent ethyl belongs to a group of medications known as antilipemic or lipid-regulating agents. It is prescribed in conjunction with lifestyle changes such as a modified diet, weight loss, and exercise to reduce the levels of triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood.

Icosapent ethyl is also used in combination with cholesterol-lowering medications, specifically statins, to decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other heart-related ailments that require hospitalization in certain adults with high triglyceride levels, heart disease, or diabetes along with two or more other risk factors for heart disease. The medication is believed to work by reducing the production of triglycerides and other fats in the liver.

Uses and Dosage

Follow your doctor’s instructions and take this medication orally with food, usually twice a day.

Ensure to swallow the capsules whole, without crushing, opening, chewing, or dissolving them.

Consult with your doctor before substituting this product with other omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil products such as non-prescription items, vitamins, or supplements as they may not have the same type or amount of fatty acids.

For maximum benefits, take this medication regularly and at the same times every day. Even if you feel well, continue taking it.

Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations about diet and exercise.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • muscle or joint pain
  • constipation
  • swelling of legs, ankles, or feet

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • fast and irregular heartbeat
  • lightheadedness
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath
  • chest discomfort
  • feeling faint
  • pain, redness, or swelling in the joints, especially in the big toe
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • unusual bruising or bleeding


Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to icosapent ethyl, fish or shellfish products, or have any other allergies before taking it. This medication may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Prior to using this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, particularly if you have a history of liver disease or an irregular heartbeat, such as atrial fibrillation.

During pregnancy, use this medication only when it is clearly necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication passes into breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Vascepa is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Vascepa capsule:

    • 1g


What is the best time of day to take Vascepa?

You can take your dose at any time of day but it should be during or just after a meal.

How long does it take Vascepa to lower triglycerides?

If you’re taking Vascepa to lower your triglyceride levels, it may take a few weeks or even longer to work.



Additional information

Generic name:

Icosapent Ethyl




0.5g, 1g

Quantities Available:

120, 240

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