Lowering Triglycerides with Lovaza vs Fish Oil Supplements
Most fish oils are NOT the same as Lovaza.
But some are!
A few over-the-counter pharmaceutical grade fish oils are just as potent, pure and effective at reducing triglycerides as Lovaza.
Here is a diagram that shows the difference between Lovaza and Fish Oil Supplements.
Compare Lovaza vs Fish Oil, (OmegaVia, a pharmaceutical grade supplement):
LOVAZA: Prescription Fish Oil
Fish Oil Supplement
|Cost (without insurance)||$8/day||About $1.20/day|
|Dosage||4 Pills Per Day||3 Pills Per Day|
|Omega-3 Per Pill||840 mg||1105 mg|
|Active Ingredients||EPA, DHA||EPA, DHA|
|# of Regular Fish Oil Pills to Equal Potency||2-3||3-4|
|# of Regular Fish Oil Pills to Equal Daily Dosage||10 to 12||11 to 12|
|Made from||Fish Oil||Fish Oil (Sardine, Anchovy, Menhaden, Mackerel)|
|Fishing Area||South America||South America|
|Oil Purified In||Europe||Europe|
|FDA Approved Drug||Yes||No|
|Side Effects||Low||Very low|
|Fatty Acid Form||Ethyl Ester||Ethyl Ester|
|EPA Omega-3 Content||465 mg||780 mg|
|DHA Omega-3 Content||375 mg||260 mg|
|Other Omega-3 Content||N/A||65 mg|
|Used in Clinical Studies||Yes||Yes|
|Clinically Proven to Work||Yes||Yes|
|Reduces Heart Disease Risk||Yes||Yes|
|Fishy Burps||Very Likely||Unlikely|
|Mercury and Heavy Metals||Purified – passes all standards||Purified – passes all standards|
|Certificate of Analysis Availability||No||Yes|
|Produced under FDA cGMP Compliance||Yes||Yes|
|5-Star Rating (Intl. Fish Oil Standards-IFOS)||No||Yes|
What makes Lovaza work?
Lovaza works very well at reducing triglycerides. What makes it work so well? It’s the Omega-3. And some pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplements have as much or more Omega-3 than Lovaza.
Why people switch from Lovaza to OmegaVia:
- Cost – depending on your insurance, Lovaza co-pay can be as high as $150 per month. At 3 pills per day, OmegaVia is about $1 per day.
- No Fishy Burping – OmegaVia is enteric coated, so the pills do not dissolve immediately after swallowing. It dissolves in the intestines, so you don’t burp. And the Omega-3 are protected from harsh stomach acids and fully absorbed.
- One less Pill Per Day – OmegaVia has 30% more Omega-3 than Lovaza, so you get full benefits with one less pill per day.
Ultimately, choosing Lovaza vs. Fish Oil becomes a cost issue – one that you need to discuss with your doctor. If your insurance covers Lovaza, your should try the prescription option first. But if your co-pay is too high or your insurance does not cover Lovaza, you have inexpensive, non-prescription options like OmegaVia.
Please make sure to discuss any change in your medication or supplement routine with your doctor. Do not stop taking prescription medication without talking to your doctor.
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|DISCLAIMER: This website is for your education and general health information only. This website is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any health condition or problem. Users of this website should not rely on information provided on this website for their own health problems. Do not stop taking Lovaza and/or switch to OmegaVia or any other fish oil supplement without express guidance from your physician. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own physician.|
About the Author: Vin Kutty, M.S. is OmegaVia’s Scientific Advisor and Chief Blogger. He is a nutritionist, author, and Omega-3 expert with over 20 years of experience.