Vascepa Warnings and Precautions
There are serious problems that can occur with Vascepa, so your healthcare provider will need to know your medical history, such as whether you have problems with your thyroid, kidneys, or liver. Safety warnings and precautions with Vascepa also pertain to people who consume more than two glasses of alcohol daily, people with certain allergies, and women who are pregnant or nursing.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Vascepa™ (icosapent ethyl) if you have:
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- A habit of consuming more than two glasses of alcohol daily
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With VascepaSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this medication include the following:
- People with fish allergies might be allergic to Vascepa, as it is made from fish oil. Although Vascepa is highly purified, it is possible that some people might still react to Vascepa. If you have a severe fish allergy, check with your healthcare provider before taking this medicine.
- Before prescribing Vascepa, your healthcare provider should make sure you have tried to lower your triglycerides without medications. This includes steps such as:
- Changing your diet and exercise program
- Losing weight
- Reducing your alcohol consumption
- Stopping any medications that cause high triglycerides
- Treating any medical conditions that cause high triglycerides, such as:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease.
- Even if you take Vascepa, it is still very important to keep up with the diet and exercise changes that your healthcare provider recommends. This medication is not a substitute for a proper diet and exercise regimen.
- If you have liver disease, it is important that your healthcare provider monitor your liver enzymes periodically (using a simple blood test) while you are taking this medication.
- At least theoretically, Vascepa may react with other medications (see Vascepa Drug Interactions).
- Vascepa is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this product during pregnancy (see Vascepa and Pregnancy for more information).
- Vascepa passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this medicine (see Vascepa and Breastfeeding for more information).