What is Omega 3 EPA/DHA?

Category: Supplements

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Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of unsaturated fatty acids that includes eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA and EPA are made by microalgae that live in seawater.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 32 14
Inflammation 15 4
Multiple Sclerosis 13 3
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 7 2
Depression with anxiety 4 1
Depressed mood 3 0

Show all 39 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 29

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Side effect Patients
Causes blood to thin 1
Fish taste burps 1
Weight gain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Dosage Patients
daily 7
2,000 mg daily 2
1 tsp. daily 1
2 capsule(s) daily 1
2 other daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1
1,100 mg daily 1
1,560 mg daily 1
2,580 mg daily 1
3 x 1,000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 3
Personal research 3
Expense 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 11 patients who’ve stopped taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 11

Stopped taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 14
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 5
< $25 10
Not specified 16
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2 patient evaluations for Omega 3 EPA/DHA

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msims1963
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msims1963
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See msims1963's full Omega 3 EPA/DHA history

Sep 22, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 1,000 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
BigAssCTim
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BigAssCTim
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 42
Condition: 10 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I am: g

See BigAssCTim's full Omega 3 EPA/DHA history

Nov 20, 2009 (Started Jan 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Uses)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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