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 1,377 259
Multiple sclerosis 266 52
Fibromyalgia 151 41
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 68 11
Depressed mood 62 17

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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 50
None 485

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

Show all 20 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Dosage Patients
daily 153
1,000 mg daily 24
1,000 mg daily 23
1,200 mg daily 19
2,000 mg daily 18
2 x 1,000 mg daily 12
3,000 mg daily 12
1,000 mg twice daily 8
1,200 mg daily 7
1,200 mg twice daily 6

See all 85 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 179
Did not seem to work 105
Expense 74
Personal research 45
Doctor's advice 35
Side effects too severe 21
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 413 patients who've stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 57
5 - 10 years 142
10 years or more 157

Stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 101
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 86
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 334
Usually 144
Sometimes 53
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 32
A little hard to take 102
Not at all hard to take 414
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 54
< $25 274
Not specified 213

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil and switched to:

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

Aug 19, 2016 (Started Sep 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1100 mg Daily

Aug 14, 2011 (Started Sep 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

Oct 20, 2008 (Started Sep 12, 2007)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 22, 2016 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I stopped taking this med long ago because I felt I needed to eliminate some of my many meds. I could not detect any improvement due to this med so it was one that I discontinued. No change noticed form stopping it.

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 12, 2016 (Started Jul 13, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: This may prevent a heart attack and is good for heart daily function.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 11, 2008 (Started Jul 13, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: helps balance the immune system
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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