Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl) prescription available online

If you are suffering from cardiovascular conditions, Vascepa can help. Get a new prescription or refill of Vascepa today from a board-certified doctor online.*

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Reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, and more

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About Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl)

Vascepa is considered a lipid-lowering agent that decreases triglyceride levels in the body. However, like any lipid-lowering agent, this medication can only be used for reducing cardiovascular disease. In addition, it is ineffective against weight loss because it will not reduce fat in the body.

Vascepa is known to treat conditions that reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and specific heart problems requiring hospital treatment. Vascepa is available only by prescription. It is available in a generic formulation under different brand names, including Lovaza.

Vascepa may be prescribed as a capsule. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage you are prescribed.

If you are prescribed Vascepa, be sure to complete the entire course of the lipid-lowering agent unless your doctor specifically tells you to stop.

The lipid-lowering agent may not fully treat cardiovascular disease if you don't complete your prescription.

Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl) uses

There are three FDA-approved uses for Vascepa, but it may also be used off-label to treat other conditions. Your online medical professional may prescribe it for any of the following common reasons. It’s also possible that your healthcare provider may prescribe it for other reasons not listed here.

  • Reducing stroke

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels)

Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl) side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking Vascepa are typically mild. Most Vascepa side effects are associated with muscle discomfort. Vascepa's possible side effects include:

    • Muscle or joint pain

    • Constipation

    • Swelling of the hands, legs, or feet

    • Gout

    • Chest pressure, racing or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, feeling short of breath.

    • Mild allergic reactions

    • Atrial flutter

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Fast or irregular heartbeats

    • Dizziness

    • Shortness of breath

    • Chest discomfort

    • Fainting

    • Serious bleeding

    You should call your doctor if you notice any of these side effects or develop other new or concerning symptoms.

How to take Vascepa Prescription (Icosapent Ethyl)

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your Vascepa prescription.

Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Then, call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Vascepa can come in different forms and doses, so follow the specific instructions on your prescription. It is typically prescribed 4 grams per day. However, some specific instructions may include taking four 0.5-gram capsules twice daily with food or two 1-gram capsules twice daily with food.

What to avoid while taking Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl)

Vascepa has 72 drug interactions. Don’t change what you take without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or supplements, as well as over-the-counter drugs. It is important to tell your doctor when taking Vascepa if you take any blood thinners.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is acceptable to consume alcohol while taking Vascepa. Vascepa alcohol interactions have not been reported. However, it's best to limit your alcohol intake while taking Vascepa.

If you’ve had an allergic reaction to Vascepa or any of its ingredients, do not take Vascepa. Vascepa is made from omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil and could cause allergic reactions in people with a fish or shellfish allergy.

If you have liver problems and related medical conditions, Vascepa treatment might make these worse.

It’s not known if Vascepa treatment is safe during pregnancy. It’s unknown if Vascepa is safe to take while breastfeeding as it is unknown of the medication transfers to breast milk.

Avoid chewing Vascepa capsules. They are not meant to be crushed, smashed, or chewed. Swallow Vascepa capsules whole.

Medication alternatives to Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl)

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment, they may suggest another icosapent ethyl capsule or a lipid-lowering agent in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue.

Vascepa prescription FAQs

  • How much does Vascepa cost?

    The average price of a one-month supply of Vascepa is $461.78. This price will vary based on the insurance used to pay for Vascepa and your chosen pharmacy.

  • How can I refill my Vascepa prescription?

    Vascepa capsules can be refilled at a pharmacy. Your healthcare professional or pharmacist can prescribe Vascepa.

  • When is the best time to take Vascepa?

    It is recommended to take Vascepa with or after a meal.

  • How long does it take for Vascepa to lower triglycerides?

    If you’re taking Vascepa to lower your elevated triglyceride levels, clinical trials show it may take a few weeks to see changes. Taking Vascepa to reduce your risk of heart problems will take longer to see results.

  • What happens if I take Vascepa without food?

    Vascepa can be taken with or without food. However, it is recommended to take it with food as it can upset some people's stomachs.

  • Does Vascepa lower blood pressure?

    Vascepa treatment will not lower blood pressure alone. However, when paired with a healthy diet and exercise routine, Vascepa can help reduce the additional risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

  • Who should not take Vascepa?

    People with conditions with an increased risk of bleeding, atrial fibrillation, liver problems, or abnormal liver function tests should not take Vascepa without consulting a healthcare professional.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Vascepa?

    Take the missed dose ASAP. However, if it is close to the next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and only take the next scheduled dose. Do not double dose.

  • What happens if I take too much Vascepa?

    As with all prescription drugs, seek medical attention if you take more than prescribed.

3 simple steps to request your Vascepa prescription today 

Step 1: Book an appointment

Step 1

Book a Vascepa prescription request appointment.

You can book a same-day appointment from anywhere.

Step 2: Visit with a doctor on your smartphone

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Talk to your medical provider regarding your Vascepa prescription.

You can visit a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

Step 3: pick up at local pharmacy

Step 3

Pick up your Vascepa prescription.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

How to talk to your doctor about Vascepa (Icosapent Ethyl):

During your telemedicine visit or appointment with your local doctor, it’s important to thoroughly address any concerns and questions you may have about treatment options for high triglycerides. The more informed you are, the better equipped you will be to make empowered decisions about your health. Here are some questions you can ask to get started: 

  • What is my overall cholesterol profile, and why are my triglycerides high?

  • Will Vascepa help me to reach my goals for my heart health?

  • Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to improve my cardiovascular health?

  • What do you recommend for dealing with unwanted side effects?

  • How will Vascepa interact with the other medications I’m taking?

  • How often should I have follow-up appointments to track my progress?

  • How long will I need to be on this medication, and are there any negative effects from long-term use?

  • If Vascepa does not work for me, what other options could I try?

Vascepa prescription pricing details

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Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

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    • Humana
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  • Cancel anytime

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Initial visits are $129.

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