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Generic Name: icosapent (eye KOE sa pent), omega-3 fatty acids
Brand Names: Vascepa
Vascepa (icosapent) is used in together with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to reduce triglycerides in adults with severely high triglycerides, and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in adults with heart disease. Includes Vascepa side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Vascepa (icosapent) works in the liver and bloodstream to reduce very low-density triglycerides. Vascepa is used together with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to reduce triglycerides (fats) in adults with severely high triglycerides. It is not known whether Vascepa will lower your risk of developing heart disease or pancreatitis (inflammation of your pancreas). Vascepa may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Vascepa is used together with a low-fat diet and other treatments to lower total cholesterol in people with severe high cholesterol. Learn more

Vascepa Side Effects

Vascepa Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about icosapent. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Vascepa.

For the Consumer

Applies to icosapent: oral capsule liquid filled

Along with its needed effects, icosapent (the active ingredient contained in Vascepa) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Some side effects of icosapent may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

  • Difficulty with moving
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • pain in the joints

Incidence not known

  • Pain in the mouth or throat

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to icosapent: oral capsule


Frequency not reported: Oropharyngeal pain


Frequency not reported: Prolonged bleeding time.


Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Vascepa