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Eicosapentaenoic acid - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Nov 15, 2017
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Information about Eicosapentaenoic acid

Generic Name : Eicosapentaenoic acid
Pronunciation : Ei-co-sa-pen-ta-e-no-ic-acid
Latest prescription information about Eicosapentaenoic acid. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Dietary Supplements
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Eicosapentaenoic acid

India : 

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Overview of Eicosapentaenoic acid

• 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.

Why is Eicosapentaenoic acid Prescribed? (Indications)

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.  

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When should Eicosapentaenoic acid not be taken? (Contraindications)

• EPA is contraindicated in individuals allergic to it.

What is the dosage of Eicosapentaenoic acid?

• 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.

How should Eicosapentaenoic acid be taken?

• It should be taken as directed by the physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Eicosapentaenoic acid?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Eicosapentaenoic acid?

  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, belching
  Skin: Skin rash, itching
  Others: Nosebleed, or joint, back pain and muscle pain

What are the other precautions for Eicosapentaenoic acid?

• Caution is advised if the patient is sensitive to aspirin.
• Avoid use in these individuals.

What are the Drug Interactions of Eicosapentaenoic acid?

• 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.

What are the storage conditions for Eicosapentaenoic acid?

• EPA should be stored at room temperature below 30°C unless otherwise specified.

Last Updated : 11/15/2017



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