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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