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What medication treats hypertriglyceridemia?

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Dr. Michael Fisher answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Hypertriglyceridemia: Three classes of medications are appropriate for the management of major triglyceride elevations: fibric acid derivatives, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. High doses of a strong statin (simvastatin, atorvastatin, rosuvastatin) also lower triglycerides, by as much as approximately 50%.

Answered 5/22/2013

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Dr. William Haynes answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

Fish oil best: While there are several treatments, the most effective and safest treatment for hypertriglyceridemia is fish oil. The effective dose is usually 3600 mg of dha+epa (in any combination), which can lower severe very high triglyceride levels by 50-80%. Prescription Lovaza and vascepa fish oils are both effective, but over the counter fish oil is much cheaper and works just as well.

Answered 6/27/2014

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