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Eicosapentaenoic Acid

INFORMATION

Uses

Eicosapentaenoic Acid is used in nutritional defeciencies.

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

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