What is DHA Docosahexaenoic acid?

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Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It is found in cold water fatty fish and in fish oil supplements, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). There are also vegetarian sources of DHA, which come from seaweed.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 21 9
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 9 2
Support brain health 2 0
Anoxic brain injury 1 0
Brain fog 1 1

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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 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with DHA Docosahexaenoic acid

Side effect Patients
Bruising 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking DHA Docosahexaenoic acid

Dosage Patients
450 mg daily 2
500 mg daily 2
1,250 mg daily 1
2,350 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking DHA Docosahexaenoic acid

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 5
Did not seem to work 3
Other 3
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 14 patients who've stopped taking DHA Docosahexaenoic acid

Duration

Currently taking DHA Docosahexaenoic acid

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped taking DHA Docosahexaenoic acid

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 8
Not specified 3
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2 patient evaluations for DHA Docosahexaenoic acid

Apr 1, 2015 (Started Nov 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 29, 2012 (Started Nov 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for eczema)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2012 (Started Jun 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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