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Eicosapentaenoic Acid



To delay the progression and reduce symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and other associated symptoms of diabetes mellitus particularly in subjects with good blood sugar control and limited microangiopathy.

How it works

The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid is long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which compete with arachidonic acid for inclusion in cyclo-oxygenase and lipoxygenase pathways. It's actions include hypolipidaemic action (especially a reduction in plasma triglycerides) by reducing very-low-density lipoproteins; anti-inflammatory action, attributed to effects on leukotriene synthesis; and antiplatelet effect, attributed to effects on prostanoid synthesis, which promote vasodilatation, reduction in platelet aggregation, increased bleeding time and decreased platelet counts.

Common side effects

Nausea, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Belching, Vomiting, Constipation, Diarrhoea


Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)