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Omacor capsules contain Omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids, which are naturally found in fish oils. They have a number of positive effects on your circulatory system and overall health. Because the body cannot produce essential fatty acids, they must be acquired through your diet. Omacor provides a dose of Omega-3 fatty acids, which is more purified and concentrated than can be obtained through your diet.
Omacor capsules are primarily effective at reducing the level of triglycerides in the blood. Triglycerides are fatty substances that can clog your arteries and cause complications of the heart and pancreas.
Omega-3 fatty acids will also lower your risk of blood clots by decreasing the presence of thromboxane in the blood, which can in turn reduce your risk of having a heart attack. Omacor is most often prescribed to people who have already had a heart attack, but is also prescribe if you have a high risk of heart problems due to high triglyceride levels.
To find your recommended intake of Omega-3, visit the NHS Choices website. If you are not eating enough oily fish to meet your requirements, you may be advised to take an Omega-3 supplement such as Omacor.
Some people can have high levels of both triglyceride and cholesterol, though they are not necessarily connected. If you also have high cholesterol levels, you may need to take Omacor as well as another medicine which lowers cholesterol.
Importantly, dietary supplements are only a component of what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. We advise that you make other dietary and lifestyle changes as well.
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Omacor capsules are to be taken whole with a sip of water. To reduce the chance of digestive side effects, take Omacor during or immediately following a meal.
If taking Omacor after a heart attack, have one capsule per day.
If you have high triglyceride levels, you will be advised to take two Omacor capsules per day. If triglyceride levels remain high, your doctor may advise that you increase this to four per day.
If you have forgotten to take a capsule, have it as soon as you can. However, you should never take two capsules together to compensate for a missed capsule.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Omacor, however, if you do they can include:
Digestive problems including indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, acid reflux, stomach pain, abdominal distension or belching (eructation)
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Omacor may be unsuitable if you:
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of any medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredients contained in Omacor are:
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters, 1000 mg of omega-3-acid ethyl esters 90 (460 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), 380 mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) ethyl esters), the antioxidant 4 mg d-alpha-tocopherol (mixed with a vegetable oil e.g. soya-bean oil).
Omacor also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Capsule shell: gelatin, glycerol, purified water, medium chain triglycerides and lecithin (soya).
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