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Prescription Fish Oil: Are They Any Good?

Lovaza, formerly Omacor, is a highly refined fish oil product from GlaxoSmithKline that’s available only by prescription for the treatment of high blood triglycerides. The bad news is that Lovaza is an Ethyl Ester, and at a cost of around $70 per capsule per month, it’s extremely expensive. If you were to take 4 capsules a day, that would run you $280 a month for a grand total of $3,360 annually!

If an EE product is acceptable to you, the good news is that you may be able to get your insurance company to cover the bulk of the exorbitant cost (though your co-pay may exceed the price of an over-the- counter fish oil of comparable quality). Check with your insurance company, and then ask your doctor about the prescription. If you are taking fish oil for a condition other than high triglycerides, go to your doctor armed with the latest research studies that shows fish oil’s efficacy in treating that condition.

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Lovaza can be found for much less at online pharmacies, but it’s still way too expensive in my opinion. This is only a good option if insurance will pay for it, but it’s still an inferior EE product.