Maintaining heart health in a difficult time
As the world faces a difficult time, with all we need to do to protect our overall health, it is more important than ever to not forget about our heart health.
Facing this situation as it evolves is a challenge, and we encourage you to continue
to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
in addition to federal and local guidelines, and your doctor.
To help with access to care while considering the need for social distancing,
we are seeing many changes and new options to help patients get the care and
prescriptions that they need for medical conditions from their doctors.
Many physicians' offices are offering telemedicine so that you can schedule
appointments from your home using your computer or phone. Speak to your doctor
to see if that’s an option for you.
Many healthcare plans and pharmacies offer mail order or at-home delivery, which enables you to receive your medication straight to your door and often in a 90-day supply. Check with your pharmacist or healthcare plan representative to sign up.
You are not alone. We are all impacted and are taking care of ourselves, and our families, together.
During this critical time, we encourage you to continue taking care of your heart health, check in with your doctor as necessary, and follow the CDC's guidance, in addition to federal and local guidelines. Do your best to keep up with your plan by following a heart-healthy diet, exercising at home, and taking your heart medications like VASCEPA, to ensure that you are doing all you can to protect your heart.*
For information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) from the American Heart Association, click here.
For more information from the CDC, click here.
*VASCEPA is a prescription medicine used along with certain medicines (statins) to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and certain types of heart issues requiring hospitalization in adults with heart (cardiovascular) disease, or diabetes and 2 or more additional risk factors for heart disease.
INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
WHAT IS VASCEPA?
VASCEPA is a prescription medicine used:
- along with certain medicines (statins) to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and certain types of
heart issues requiring hospitalization in adults with heart (cardiovascular) disease, or diabetes and 2
or more additional risk factors for heart disease.
- along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to lower high levels of triglycerides (fats) in adults.
It is not known if VASCEPA changes your risk of having inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis).
It is not known if VASCEPA is safe and effective in children.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE VASCEPA?
- Do not take VASCEPA if you are allergic to icosapent ethyl or any of the ingredients in VASCEPA.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF VASCEPA?
VASCEPA may cause serious side effects, including:
- Heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter). Heart rhythm
problems which can be serious and cause hospitalization have happened in people who take VASCEPA,
especially in people who have heart (cardiovascular) disease or diabetes with a risk factor for heart
(cardiovascular) disease, or who have had heart rhythm problems in the past. Tell your doctor if
you get any symptoms of heart rhythm problems such as feeling as if your heart is beating fast and
irregular, lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort or you faint.
- Possible allergic reactions if you are allergic to fish or shellfish. Stop taking
VASCEPA and tell your doctor right away or get emergency medical help if you have any signs or symptoms
of an allergic reaction.
- Bleeding. Serious bleeding can happen in people who take VASCEPA. Your risk
of bleeding may increase if you are also taking a blood thinner medicine.
If you have liver problems and are taking VASCEPA, your doctor should do blood tests during treatment.
The most common side effects of VASCEPA include:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Swelling of the hands, legs, or feet
- Heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation)
These are not all the possible side effects of VASCEPA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side
You may report adverse events (i.e. side effects) or product complaints by calling
or calling the FDA at
Tell your doctor if you take medicines that affect your blood clotting (anticoagulants or
For more information on VASCEPA,
here to see the full Patient Information or call