What is Evening Primrose Oil?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Omega 6 Evening Primrose Nature's Way EfaGold Evening Primrose (evening primrose oil)

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See also: Omega 3 w/Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil (EPO) contains an omega-6 essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is believed to be the active ingredient. EPO has been studied in a wide variety of disorders, particularly those affected by metabolic products of essential fatty acids.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple Sclerosis 65 15
General health 64 22
Mood swings 12 5
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 6 1
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) 6 1
Increase effect of another treatment 4 1

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 49

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Evening Primrose Oil

Side effect Patients
None 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Evening Primrose Oil

Dosage Patients
daily 14
1,000 mg daily 2
1,000 mg daily 2
1,300 mg daily 2
1,300 mg daily 2
2 tbs. daily 1
500 mg weekly 1
500 mg daily 1
560 mg daily 1
2 x 1,300 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Evening Primrose Oil

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Reason Patients
Other 24
Did not seem to work 21
Expense 7
Personal research 6
Doctor's advice 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Side effects too severe 2
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Duration

Currently taking Evening Primrose Oil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Evening Primrose Oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 26
Usually 16
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 39
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 26
Not specified 25
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6 patient evaluations for Evening Primrose Oil

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asdf1179
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: none
I have:
MS

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Jun 15, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Abel Nightroad
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
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Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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Aug 18, 2012 (Started Aug 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Menopause)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: This stuff really helps with my hot flashes. It also seem to help the swelling in my feet.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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16777216
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16777216
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Jan 8, 2012 (Started May 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This oil is shown to reduce inflammation (especially in Woman). Ifigure since it's harmless and helps with inflammation, it may be beneficial to MS. i have taken it for 3 years and in that time have avoided an MS exacerbation. I rate it highly because of it's assumed benefit. My lesions, when they happen, do not inflame past 3mm ever. For general health I believe this oil helps inflammation all over. Since I starter taking it, I have had no discomfort from prolonged repetitive motion, or any other inflammatory issues besides the few new lesions, which seem to becoming less frequent and smaller. All of my other lesions seem to have reduced in sive by several milimeters over time as well.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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