Lovaza (Fish Oil) Medication
We all know about the importance of fish oil in our diets, so why would you take a medication like Lovaza® (omega-3-acid ethyl esters)? There are several reasons why this product can be better than the dietary supplements out there:
- Cost: Less expensive supplements typically have a lower concentration of EPA and DHA, which means you need to take more of them to reach the recommended 1000 mg a day. Lovaza comes in a single 1000-mg capsule. What's more, many insurance plans cover Lovaza; none cover dietary supplements.
- Safety: Dietary supplements are not regulated as strictly as prescription drugs like Lovaza, which means some supplements could be contaminated or could have less (or more) of the active ingredients than stated on the label.
- Adverse effects: Lovaza is made using a five-step refinement process that removes some of the fish oil components that cause the "fish burp," so you are less likely to experience this side effect compared to the supplements.
(Click Lovaza to learn more about this medication, including how it works, how it performed in clinical trials, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.)