What is Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters are an antilipemic agent they are an adjunct to diet therapy in the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 19 8
Depressed mood 4 4
Fibromyalgia 4 2
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 4 1
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 4 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 7
None 29

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

Side effect Patients
Fish taste burps 3
Diarrhea 1
Fishy taste 1
Headaches 1
Heartburn 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

Dosage Patients
2 g twice daily 3
1 g four times daily 1
1,000 mg four times daily 1
2,000 mg twice daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

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Reason Patients
Change in health plan coverage 6
Other 5
Doctor's advice 4
Expense 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 2
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 21 patients who've stopped taking Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

Duration

Currently taking Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 31
Usually 6
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 28
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 12
< $25 8
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Icosapent Ethyl (Vascepa) 2
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3 patient evaluations for Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters

Apr 15, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 16, 2011 (Started Dec 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4000 mg Daily

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Oct 4, 2010 (Started Nov 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated triglycerides)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am currently apealing my insurance denial. I am refused because the FDA says triglycerides of 500 or more. Mine were going fast and at 362 the doc prescribed it. My labs are the first time they were in normal range that I can remember! In the meantime I am using over the counter, but there is more in those products than the pure Omega threes!
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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