Is Omacor Safer Than Statins?

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Is Omacor Safer Than Statins?
Statins are used to treat high cholesterol, which is linked to diet. (hamburguesa image by ANTONIO ALCOBENDAS from Fotolia.com)

Omacor and statins are both prescribed by doctors to lower the risk of heart disease. Omacor is an omega-2 fatty acid that is used to treat very high triglyceride levels. Statins are effective in lowering cholesterol levels.

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Liver Enzymes

Statins have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. A large increase in liver enzymes can lead to permanent liver damage if treatment is continued. There is no evidence of increased liver enzymes with Omacor.

Muscle Pain

The most common side effects of statins are muscle and joint aches and higher doses of statins are more likely to lead to muscle pain. In some cases, muscle cells can break down and release a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream, which can damage the kidneys. Muscle and joint aches are not an issue with Omacor.

GI Disturbance

The most common side effect of Omacor is mild gastrointestinal disturbance, which can also occur with statins.

Other Side Effects

Other, less common side effects of Omacor include infection, belching, flu-like symptoms, rash and change in sense of taste, none of which are commonly found with statins.

Elevated Cholesterol

Omacor may cause elevated LDL-C and non-HDL-C levels in some individuals, obviously not a concern with statins, which lower cholesterol levels.

Omacor May Be A Safer Choice

The potentially serious side effect of increased liver enzymes makes Omacor a safer alternative than statins for many people. For those with high cholesterol, though, a statin may be more appropriate.

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