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 1,321 229
Multiple Sclerosis 262 49
Fibromyalgia 136 31
High Cholesterol 89 15
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 67 10
Depressed mood 59 15

Show all 193 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 5
Moderate 17
Mild 48
None 425

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 26 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Dosage Patients
daily 121
1,000 mg daily 26
2,000 mg daily 13
3,000 mg daily 13
1,200 mg daily 6
1,000 mg daily 5
1 capsule(s) daily 4
2 capsule(s) daily 4
1,100 mg daily 4
2,400 mg daily 3

See all 65 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 173
Did not seem to work 91
Expense 68
Personal research 39
Doctor's advice 34
Side effects too severe 20
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 136
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 99
6 months - 1 year 56
1 - 2 years 83
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 297
Usually 127
Sometimes 49
Never taken as prescribed 22
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 28
A little hard to take 94
Not at all hard to take 367
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 11
$25-49 41
< $25 246
Not specified 195
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78 patient evaluations for Omega 3 Fish Oil

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MSMomx4
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MSMomx4
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 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

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
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
cwowarii
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cwowarii
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: n
I have:
MS

See cwowarii's full Omega 3 Fish Oil history

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
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