in adult patients with severe (greater than or equal to 500 mg per dL) hypertriglyceridemia.
Usage Considerations: Patients should be placed on an appropriate lipid-lowering diet before receiving omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules and should continue this diet during treatment with omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules.
Laboratory studies should be done to ascertain that the lipid levels are consistently abnormal before instituting therapy with omega-3-acid ethyl esters. Every attempt should be made to control serum lipids with appropriate diet, exercise, weight loss in obese patients, and control of any medical problems such as diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism that are contributing to the lipid abnormalities. Medications known to exacerbate hypertriglyceridemia (such as beta blockers, thiazides, estrogens) should be discontinued or changed if possible prior to consideration of TG-lowering drug therapy.
Limitations of Use:
The effect of omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules on the risk for pancreatitis has not been determined.
The effect of omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules on cardiovascular mortality and morbidity has not been determined.