Known side effects of icosapent, the active ingredient in Vascepa, include joint pain, muslce pain or stiffness, difficulty moving, pain in the mouth or throat and prolonged bleeding as listed by Drugs.com. Users should contact a doctor immediately if side effects persist or worsen.
Vascepa works to reduce low-density triglycerides in the liver and bloodstream, often used in combination with a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to treat adults with high triglyceride levels according to Drugs.com. Vascepa is only a part of an overall treatment program that may also include exercise and weight loss. The active ingredient Icosapent ethyl is an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil as affirmed by WebMD.
Before taking Vascepa, patients should talk to a doctor if they have diabetes, a thyroid disorder, liver disease, pancreas problems, a bleeding disorder, a history of heavy alcohol use or fish and shellfish allergies as stated by Drugs.com. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should also talk to a doctor before taking this medication.
Vascepa may interact with certain other medications such as clopidogrel, ibuprofen and blood thinners such as warfarin as stated by WebMD. Although severe allergic reactions to icosapent are rare, individuals should seek immediate medical attention if they experience allergy symptoms such as severe dizziness, trouble breathing and swelling of the throat or facial area.