Fish Oil: Uses & Side Effects

Uses

Fish Oil capsules contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in oils from certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources. These fatty acids are not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids work by lowering the body’s production of triglycerides. High levels of triglycerides can lead to coronary artery disease, heart disease, and stroke.

Fish Oil are used together with diet and exercise to help lower triglyceride levels in the blood.

How should I take Fish Oil?

Use Fish Oil exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Swallow the Fish Oil capsule whole. Do not puncture or open the capsule. Fish Oil works best if you take it with food.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

Fish Oil is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

Store Fish Oil at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

Precautions

Take Fish Oil exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

There may be other drugs that can interact with Fish Oil. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Stop using Fish Oil and get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or is especially bothersome.

Do not use Fish Oil if you are allergic to fish or soybeans.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist about using this medicine if you have: diabetes; liver disease; a pancreas disorder; underactive thyroid; if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Fish Oil will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Fish Oil. It is not known whether omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids pass into breast milk or if this could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Fish Oil without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.

Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Fish Oil will not be as effective in lowering your triglycerides if you do not follow the diet plan recommended by your doctor.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase triglycerides and may make your condition worse.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Fish Oil: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Fish Oil and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; chest pain; uneven heartbeats.

Less serious Fish Oil side effects may include: back pain; unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth; upset stomach, belching; mild skin rash.

Interactions

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

estrogens (birth control pills or hormone replacement); a blood thinner, a beta-blocker or a diuretic.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Fish Oil. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.