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 16
Inflammation 18 6
Multiple sclerosis 14 4
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 7 3
Depressed mood 3 0

Show all 36 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 4
None 32

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

Side effect Patients
Clotting slowed 1
Fish taste burps 1
Weight gain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Dosage Patients
daily 4
1,000 mg daily 2
2,000 mg daily 2
3 x 1,000 mg daily 2
1,100 mg daily 1
1,560 mg daily 1
2 x 1,000 mg daily 1
2,580 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 3
Other 3
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 13 patients who've stopped taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 15
Usually 16
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 1
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 30
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 8
< $25 10
Not specified 17
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2 patient evaluations for Omega 3 EPA/DHA

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: 3 x 1,000 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: $25-49 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: 3 x 1,000 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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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