Italicized font is from MyAchingKnees.com, other font is info taken from the Lovaza.com website.
MyAchingKnees.com recently became aware of a prescription Omega 3 supplement called Lovaza. Lovaza is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.
This is what the company says about Lovaza: It is a prescription medicine, called a lipid-regulating medicine, for adults. Lovaza is made of omega-3 fatty acids from oils of fish, such as salmon and mackerel. Lovaza is used along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to lower very high triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Before taking Lovaza, talk to your healthcare provider about how you can lower high blood fats by: losing weight, if you are overweight; increasing physical exercise; lowering alcohol use; treating diseases such as diabetes and low thyroid (hypothyroidism); and, adjusting the dose or changing other medicines that raise triglyceride levels such as certain blood pressure medicines and estrogens.
MyAchingKnees.com understands that Lovaza is designed for high cholesterol treatment. We believe that Omega 3 Fatty Acids are an essential ingredient in the overall treatment plan not just for high cholesterol, but for many degenerative diseases. We also believe that Omega 3 Fatty Acids can help with chronic joint pain, especially knee joint pain.
The Lovaza.com website further states that Lovaza is the only FDA-approved medicine made from omega-3 fish oil that's proven, along with diet, to reduce very high triglycerides. That the FDA has standards in place to make sure that prescription medications like LOVAZA are safe, effective, and quality controlled and the method Lovaza is manufactured is reviewed and approved by the FDA.
The Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplement that MyAchingKnees.com uses is a pharmaceutical grade supplement manufactured using GMP processes and receiving a USP certification the same standards from which prescription medication is manufactured.
Each 1-gram capsule of Lovaza contains 465 mg EPA and 375 mg DHA. Inactive ingredients include: Gelatin, glycerol, purified water, alpha-tocopherol (in soybean oil). The daily does is 4 capsules.
Each capsule of the Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplement that MyAchingKnees.com uses and recommends contains 100 IU of Vitamin D, 1000 mg of Fish Oil, 290 mg EPA and 235 mg DHA. Other ingredients include: Gelatin, glycerin, lemon oil, purified water, alpha-tocopherol (in soybean oil). The daily does is 2 capsules.
Lovaza is being advertised as providing the same active ingredients of up to 14 capsules of other Omega 3 supplements. You can do the math from the above paragraphs and see that is not a true comparison with the Omega 3 supplement we are taking.
With the FDA relaxation of the use of a prescription drug designed for and certified for a particular application, you may see Lovaza prescribed in the future for chronic joint pain, once Physicians understand the possible benefits of Omega 3 for joint pain and once patients start asking for it for this specific joint pain application.
MyAchingKnees.com does not know the cost of a 28 or 30 day supply of Lovaza, however the website is advertising a $20 off per month script savings card. The Omega 3 supplement that we are taking cost $22.17 to $19.95 per 28 day supply, wholesale or autoship price respectively.