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Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2015 Aug;27(3):197-202.

Omega-3 fatty acids for atypical antipsychotic-associated hypertriglyceridemia.

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Center for Women's Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. E-mail:



The objective of this open-label, preliminary study was to assess the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids for treating dyslipidemia associated with use of atypical antipsychotics.


Participants treated with atypical antipsychotics who had hypertriglyceridemia (> 200 mg/dL) and/or hypercholesterolemia (> 250 mg/dL) were enrolled in an open trial and received omega-3 fatty acids (Lovaza) for up to 16 weeks. Serum lipid profiles were re-assessed at 8 and 16 weeks.


Twenty-eight participants with dyslipidemia enrolled in the trial; 16 were evaluable with post-baseline assessments. There was an average decrease in triglyceride levels of 54.13 ± 83.44 mg/dL (P = .04). A more pronounced benefit of omega-3 supplementation was observed in participants with elevated triglyceride levels at baseline (> 200 mg/dL), compared with those with elevated cholesterol values but normal or more modestly elevated triglyceride levels at enrollment. Participants with hypertriglyceridemia at baseline (n = 10, > 200 mg/dL) experienced a mean decrease in triglyceride levels of 75.8 ± 28.71 mg/dL, a significantly larger decrease than was observed among all participants (P = .005).


Omega-3 supplementation reduced triglyceride levels but not levels of total cholesterol. Recruitment and retention in this study was challenging, and could indicate a lack of screening for dyslipidemia among atypical antipsychotic users/prescribers or could reflect the over-the- counter availability of omega-3 fatty acids.

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