• Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an omega-3 fatty acid which is present in fish like tuna, halibut and salmon, cod liver and whale blubber.
• It is used to lower triglyceride levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an omega-3-fatty acid.
It is used to reduce the levels of triglycerides and prevent and treat heart-related conditions like coronary heart disease.
It is also used for the treatment of other conditions like schizophrenia, depression, menopausal or rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, cancers and borderline personality disorder.
• EPA is contraindicated in individuals allergic to it.
• The usual recommended dose is between 0.5 to 1 mg.
However, the dose depends on the underlying condition.
• EPA is present in fish oil capsules along with docosapentanoic acid.
• It should be taken as directed by the physician.
• Do not use EPA in a child or a pregnant or breastfeeding woman.
• Fish oil increases the risk of bleeding, consult your doctor before taking EPA if you are on a blood-thinning medicine.
• Patients are also advised to control their fatty diet and exercise regularly to achieve best results.
• Avoid alcohol intake.
• Gastrointestinal: Nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, belching
• Skin: Skin rash, itching
• Others: Nosebleed, or joint, back pain and muscle pain
• Caution is advised if the patient is sensitive to aspirin.
• Avoid use in these individuals.
• EPA may increase the chances of bleeding when taken with blood-thinning drugs like aspirin and warfarin.
• It may produce additional lowering of blood pressure when taken with blood pressure-lowering medications.
• EPA may increase the effect of antidiabetes medication.
• EPA should be stored at room temperature below 30°C unless otherwise specified.
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