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Alpha-linoleic acid

What is it?

Alpha-linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that is used as a supplement for general health, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), and diabetes.

Other names for alpha-linoleic acid include: ALA and Omega-3 Oils.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you


Talk with your caregiver about how much alpha-linoleic acid you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking alpha-linoleic acid. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


Side Effects:

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.


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3. Product Information: LOVAZA(TM) oral capsules, omega-3-acid ethyl esters oral capsules. Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Liberty Corner, NJ, 2007.

Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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