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Is taking fish oil supplements safe?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Depends on dose: Under 3 grams a day is generally safe. The american heart association recommends that if you take more than 3 grams a day of omega-3 fatty acids, you should do so under a doctor's care. High intake of fish oil supplements can cause bleeding in some people.
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Before surgery: Stop your fish oil 1 week before surgery because of blood thinning risks.

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A 23-year-old male asked:

Are fish oil supplements generally safe?

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Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Many good effects: As long as from reliable source Omega 3 fish oil is safe. Has multiple beneficial effects. Reduces heart disease by acting on fats, reduces the effect of heart problem due to environmental toxins. Influences skin,brain & joints.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do I control gas when taking fish oil supplements?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Change med type: For some patients, fish oil cause them to repeat. Yes, its uncomfortable. Try changing the brand, make sure it is enteric coated to prevent that. If that does not work you can try barlean's liquid (it is pretty good tasting even to kids). They have epa, dha or ala types depending on which you need.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Doctors, what are the benefits of taking a fish oil supplement, and what are the negatives, if any?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Fish oil: Refer to this wiki for lots of information on fish oil: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/fish_oil.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can taking fish oil supplements lower cholesterol?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Sort of: Fish oil in moderate doses can help lower triglycerides and has modest effects if any on HDL and ldl. Too much fish oil can raise ldl.
East Syracuse, NY
A 40-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to feel nausea after taking the fish oil supplement?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not uncommon, but...: I frequently hear patient's complain of intolerance to fish oil. However, please consider the many other causes of nausea (see my earlier healthtap answers), and seek evaluation appropriate to your risk factors.

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