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 1,376 259
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 17
Mild 50
None 486

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 155
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 7

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Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 180
Did not seem to work 105
Expense 74
Personal research 45
Doctor's advice 36
Side effects too severe 21
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 414 patients who've stopped taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 Fish Oil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 57
5 - 10 years 145
10 years or more 155

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 108
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 335
Usually 145
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 103
Not at all hard to take 415
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 13
$25-49 54
< $25 276
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

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: 3000 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: $50-99 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: 3000 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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
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