Cholesterol Treatment

How Good Is Omacor?


Triglycerides is an essential component of your cholesterol levels. High level of triglycerides, also known as hypertriglyceridemia, indicates high cholesterol levels and also puts you at a risk of heart diseases. A person suffering from hypertriglyceridemia has a triglyceride level that exceeds 500 mg/dL. The problem of  hypertriglyceridemia can be treated with the help of Omacor. This drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for the problem. Let us take a closer look at this drug.

How does Omacor work?
Omacor makes use of two main omega 3 fatty acids namely- eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexanoic acid. Both these omega 3 fatty acids can play a significant role in lowering triglyceride levels. In addition to lowering your triglyceride levels, this drug also helps reduce the VLDL (Very Low Density Lipoprotein).

This drug primarily works to keep your triglyceride level in check by deploying omega 3 fatty acids. However, the exact working of omega 3 fatty acids is not yet ascertained. There are several theories surrounding the working of omega 3 fatty acids.

While some suggest that omega 3 fatty acids work by curbing the production of triglycerides in the liver, there are others who believe that omega 3 fatty acids work by inhibition of the esterification of other fatty acid. Some studies also state that omega 3 fatty acids curb the enzymes that are responsible for synthesis of triglycerides.

Is Omacor same as any other OTC omega 3 fatty acids supplement?
Though Omacor makes use of omega 3 fatty acids, it is different from other OTC supplements. The reason for the same being that it uses a highly modified purification process. Besides, it contains 1 gram of omega 3 fatty acids. Most OTC variants in the market contain a very lesser quantity of omega 3 fatty acids.

How to use?

The recommended dosage of this medicine is 4 grams per day. You can either take 4, one gram capsules in a day or two 1 gram capsules twice daily. Make sure that you take this medicine with meals only.

Are there any side effects?
Like most other drugs, Omacor too comes with its own set of side effects. Some of the common side effects of this medication include changes in taste, stomach upset, flu like symptoms along with an increase in LDL levels.

Can I use Omacor?

If you are under 18 years of age then this medication is not recommended for you. Omacor is also not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding mothers. If you are dealing with bleeding disorders, liver disease or on an anticoagulation therapy, then a consultation with the doctor before taking this medicine is strictly recommended.