Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Prescription Fish Oil, Vascepa, Approved

Vascepa, an ethyl ester fish oil, was recently approved by the FDA. Like Lovaza, which has trans fat, it is a no go because of its excipients. 

Vascepa contains malitol and sorbitol, two sugar alcohols that are derived from corn. In such small amounts, they probably will not cause loose stool (a common symptom of sugar alcohol consumption). However, if you get these symptoms, stop it immediately. 

In addition, the ethyl ester form has shown to be not as effective as triglyceride form fish oil.

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