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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Vascepa is a prescription heart attack and stroke prevention medication. It is a lipid-regulating drug that is taken in combination with a statin to reduce the risk of heart complications for patients with an existing heart condition or diabetes. Vascepa may also be indicated for unstable angina treatment. The active ingredient icosapent in this medication is an omega-3 fatty acid and it adds to the effectiveness of statin medications to better defend against heart problems due to high triglycerides.
Vascepa is available in standard 1g and small 0.5g size capsules.
Always take your heart attack prevention medication exactly as indicated in your prescription.
The active ingredient in Vascepa is Icosapent.
Tell your doctor if you have any history of diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or gout before starting on Vascepa.
Vascepa may not be suitable for people taking anticoagulant medications and at risk of excessive bleeding.
Eating a high-fat diet will counter the effectiveness of Vascepa and minimize the benefits it provides when taken along with your statin cholesterol lowering medication.
Vascepa side effects are rare, but some users may experience dizziness, fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, light headedness, swelling of extremities, or unusual bleeding. If Vascepa side effects are experienced you should stop using the medication and meet with your doctor again regarding other heart attack prevention medication and statin drug enhancer options.