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Chemical Name: Omega 3 acid ethyl esters
How does it work?
This medicine contains omega-3-acid ethyl esters, comprising of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are more commonly known as omega-3 fatty acids and are also found in oily fish. The medicine also contains alpha-tocopherol, otherwise known as vitamin E.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, which means they need to be obtained in the diet because the body cannot produce them. They have been shown to have various protective effects on the heart and blood circulation.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the production of 'bad fats', called triglycerides, in the liver. High levels of triglycerides can cause heart disease and inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease the production of a substance called thromboxane, which is one of the chemicals that causes platelets to clump together and start off the process of blood-clotting. Reducing its production therefore reduces the likelihood of clots forming within the blood vessels, which is what can cause heart attacks.
This medicine has been shown to reduce the risk of further heart attacks and improve overall survival in people who have had a heart attack. It is used in combination with standard post-heart attack medicines, such as aspirin, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and cholesterol-lowering medicines (statins).
This medicine is also used to treat high blood triglyceride levels when changes to the diet have been insufficient to acheive this.
How to take Omacor? Treatment after a heart attack The usual dose is one capsule daily. Hypertriglyceridaemia (high blood triglyceride levels) The usual dose is 2 to 4 capsules a day as recommended by a doctor. Take the capsules with water. You may take the capsules at meal times to help reduce gastrointestinal side effects.
Omacor Side Effects:
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
Burping or belching
Swelling of abdomen (abdominal distension)
Nausea and vomiting
Smell or taste of fish
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.
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