What is Omega 3 Fish Oil?

Category: Supplements

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Fish oil is available in various preparations including liquid and capsules. Fish oil is recommended for a healthy diet because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), precursors to eicosanoids that reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 1627 306
Multiple sclerosis 318 57
Fibromyalgia 190 36
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 77 17
Support heart health 72 26

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 7
Moderate 20
Mild 62
None 552

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Omega 3 Fish Oil

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fish taste burps 17
Indigestion 7
Diarrhea 5
Bad breath (halitosis) 4
Fishy taste 4
Aftertaste 3

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 44
1000 mg daily 14
1,000 mg daily 8
1,200 mg daily 7
2 x 1,000 mg daily 7
1,000 mg twice daily 5
2000 mg daily 5
3000 mg daily 4
1100 mg daily 3
1,200 mg twice daily 3

See all 51 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 195
Did not seem to work 130
Expense 90
Personal research 49
Doctor's advice 43
Side effects too severe 28
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 473 patients who've stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 78

Stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 116
6 months - 1 year 62
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 127
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 373
Usually 172
Sometimes 66
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 36
A little hard to take 117
Not at all hard to take 478
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 13
$25-49 59
< $25 302
Not specified 264

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Icosapent Ethyl (Vascepa) 1
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95 patient evaluations for Omega 3 Fish Oil

Dec 19, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (heartburn)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Dec 15, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (heartburn)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 7, 2017 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Rich in Omega 3's which combat inflammation and essential fatty acids vital for brain function not only slow cognitive decline, but can help prevent brain atrophy and improve bone density
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Sep 22, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 15, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1,000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: no change
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 29, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1,000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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