What is Omega 3 Fish Oil?

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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 1487 300
Multiple sclerosis 286 57
Fibromyalgia 157 35
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 74 17
Support heart health 67 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 543

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 57
1000 mg daily 13
1,000 mg daily 10
1,200 mg daily 7
1,000 mg twice daily 6
2000 mg daily 6
2 x 1,000 mg daily 6
3000 mg daily 4
2 x 1,000 mg twice daily 4
1100 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 190
Did not seem to work 126
Expense 85
Personal research 47
Doctor's advice 39
Side effects too severe 26
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 455 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 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 94

Stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 115
6 months - 1 year 62
1 - 2 years 94
2 - 5 years 127
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 368
Usually 169
Sometimes 66
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 35
A little hard to take 117
Not at all hard to take 470
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 13
$25-49 59
< $25 299
Not specified 258

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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