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Omacor Omega-3 Acid Ethyl Esters 1000mg Soft Capsules are used to help treat people who have high triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels.
These omega 3 capsules also contain highly purified omega-3 polyunsaturated acids that are used to lower the risk of heart attacks or to treat certain forms of increased triglycerides (fats) in the blood after changes to the diet have not worked.
You should take the capsules at meal times. This is to help lower the chances of side effects that affect the area in and around the stomach (the gastrointestinal area).
The usual dose is one capsule a day.
The usual dose is 2 capsules a day, as recommended by a doctor.
If the medicine is not working well enough at this dose, your doctor may increase this to 4 capsules a day.
Omacor capsules are transparent soft gelatin capsules containing pale yellow oil.
If you are using a medicine to stop blood clotting in your arteries, such as warfarin you may need extra blood tests and your usual dose of your blood thinning medicine may have to be changed.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, have recently used or might use any other medicines including medicines obtained without prescription.
Use Omacor with care if you are over 70 years.
Children should not take this medicine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not take this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, unless your doctor decides it is absolutely necessary.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using any medicine.
Driving and using machines
This medicine is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
Omacor contains soya oil
Omacor contains soya oil. If you are allergic to peanut or soya, do not use this medicinal product.
Like all medicines, Omacor can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following are side effects that may happen with this medicine:
Common side effects (occur in 1 to 10 users in 100):
stomach problems like abdominal distension, pain, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion (dyspepsia), gas, belching (eructation), acid reflux, feeling sick (nausea) and being sick (vomiting)
Uncommon side effects (occur in 1 to 10 users in 1,000):
High blood sugar levels, gout, dizziness, problems with taste headache, low blood pressure, nose bleed, blood in your stools, rash.
Rare side effects (occur in 1 to 10 users in 10,000):
Itchy rash (hives or urticaria), liver disorders, with possible changes in the results of certain blood tests.
Other side effects have occurred in a very small number of people but their exact frequency is unknown.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed here, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed here. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting system. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
The active substances are omega-3-acid ethyl esters
1000 mg of omega-3-acid ethyl esters 90 comprising 460 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), 380 mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) ethyl esters (these substances are called omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids) and including also 4 mg d-alpha-tocopherol (mixed with a vegetable oil e.g. soya oil) as antioxidant.
The soft capsule shell is made up of gelatine, glycerol, medium-chain triglycerides, lecithin (soya) and purified water.
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