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 1,343 245
Multiple Sclerosis 264 50
Fibromyalgia 141 34
High Cholesterol 97 17
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 68 10
Depressed mood 60 16

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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
Severe 5
Moderate 16
Mild 49
None 460

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

Side effect Patients
Fish taste burps 14
Indigestion 7
Diarrhea 5
Bad breath (halitosis) 4
Burping 4
Aftertaste 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Dosage Patients
daily 134
1,000 mg daily 27
2,000 mg daily 17
1,000 mg daily 16
3,000 mg daily 14
1,200 mg daily 6
2 x 1,000 mg daily 5
2,400 mg daily 5
1 capsule(s) daily 4
1,100 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

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Reason Patients
Other 176
Did not seem to work 97
Expense 72
Personal research 40
Doctor's advice 34
Side effects too severe 20
Course of treatment ended 14
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 50
5 - 10 years 149
10 years or more 76

Stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 100
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 84
2 - 5 years 97
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 319
Usually 133
Sometimes 52
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 30
A little hard to take 100
Not at all hard to take 392
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 11
$25-49 46
< $25 262
Not specified 209
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81 patient evaluations for Omega 3 Fish Oil

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MSMomx4
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MSMomx4
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See MSMomx4's full Omega 3 Fish Oil history

Feb 15, 2017 (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
Advice & Tips: No changes
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Jan 23, 2011)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Sep 26, 2016 (Started Jan 11, 2009)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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

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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: 3000 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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