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What should I know about Vascepa before taking it?

Before taking Vascepa (icosapent ethyl), a prescription fish oil treatment for high triglyceride levels, you should know that it works best when used along with a healthy diet and exercise. Before you start taking it, you should tell your doctor about all your other medicines (prescription and over-the-counter), as well as any supplements you take. Be sure to let him or her know if you take a blood thinner or other medicines that affect blood clotting. Your doctor might switch or adjust these drugs so Vascepa will work better. Discuss potential risks with your doctor.

Give your doctor a complete medical history before starting Vascepa. Be sure to mention if you have an allergy to fish or shellfish. If you have liver problems, your doctor may monitor your liver enzymes during treatment.

Take Vascepa exactly as directed. Swallow the pill whole. Do not crush, dissolve or chew it.

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