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 1485 289
Multiple sclerosis 288 56
Fibromyalgia 153 33
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 73 17
Support heart health 66 24

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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 8
Moderate 20
Mild 57
None 535

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

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fish taste burps 16
Indigestion 7
Diarrhea 5
Bad breath (halitosis) 4
Fishy taste 4
Aftertaste 3

Show all 26 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 101
1000 mg daily 21
1,000 mg daily 20
2000 mg daily 16
1,200 mg daily 10
2 x 1,000 mg daily 9
1,200 mg twice daily 7
3000 mg daily 7
500 mg daily 5
1,000 mg twice daily 5

See all 73 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 192
Did not seem to work 127
Expense 87
Personal research 48
Doctor's advice 39
Side effects too severe 26
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 460 patients who've stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 90
10 years or more 122

Stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 118
6 months - 1 year 65
1 - 2 years 96
2 - 5 years 121
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 361
Usually 168
Sometimes 63
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 35
A little hard to take 118
Not at all hard to take 457
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 13
$25-49 58
< $25 291
Not specified 255

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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94 patient evaluations for Omega 3 Fish Oil

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

Feb 15, 2017 (Started Jan 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support brain health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support heart health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: No changes
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Jan 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support brain health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support heart health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: No changes
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 20, 2015 (Started Jan 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support brain health)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support heart health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 4, 2015 (Started Jan 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support heart health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support brain health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 10, 2014 (Started Jan 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support heart health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support brain health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 26, 2016 (Started Jan 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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