What is Cod Liver Oil?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil Carlson Labs Norwegian Cod Liver Oil Seven Seas Pure Cod Liver Oil Show all

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See also: DHA Docosahexaenoic acid

Cod liver oil is a nutritional supplement derived from liver of cod fish. It has high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, and very high levels of vitamin A, and vitamin D. It is widely taken to ease the symptoms of arthritis as well as other health benefits. Available in liquid and pills

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 68 24
Joint pain 25 9
Multiple sclerosis 20 4
Constipation 4 1
Brain fog 3 1

Show all 34 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
1
Moderate
1
Mild
3
None
44

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cod Liver Oil

Side effect Patients
Acid reflux 1
Belching 1
Constant vomiting 1
Nausea and vomiting 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cod Liver Oil

Dosage Patients
daily 9
1 g daily 4
1 cap(s) daily 2
1 intl units daily 1
1 tsp. daily 1
2 tsp. daily 1
3 capsule(s) daily 1
3 mg daily 1
6 capsule(s) daily 1
6 tps. daily 1

See all 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Cod Liver Oil

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Reason Patients
Other 16
Did not seem to work 10
Expense 5
Personal research 5
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Side effects too severe 3
See all 37 patients who've stopped taking Cod Liver Oil

Duration

Currently taking Cod Liver Oil

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Cod Liver Oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 8
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 18
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 37
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 20
Not specified 27
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6 patient evaluations for Cod Liver Oil

Mar 15, 2015 (Started Mar 12, 2014)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 24, 2013 (Started Nov 27, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 25, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: It helps keep my MS relapses and memory loss at bay and it is also great for skin, nails, and hair.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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