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A 18-year-old member asked:

Can someone with essential thrombocytosis and high cholesterol. take omega 3 fish oil and baby aspirin together?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Should be ok: There are no interactions with fish oil and Aspirin that i know of if you are taking fish oil to treat your cholesterol make sure your doctor is aware and that you are not doing it solely to avoid doctor recommended medication.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Fish oil + aspirin: Use caution: both Aspirin and fish oils have antiplatelet (anti-clotting) effect and both together may have an additive effect increasing the risk of bleeding.
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Likely.: Omega-3 fatty acids do seem to have a very mild antiplatelet effect somewhat similar to aspirin, and as such may slightly increase bleeding risk. Most of the time this would not be concerning, and may even be helpful in a person with thrombocytosis. Regardless, i would certainly suggest you clear this and all other supplements with your pcp or hematologist first.
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
I assume you're: asking for someone older than yourself. Bleeding from fish oil is theoretical but in clinical practice is not a problem and the cardiac and other benefts are real benefits. Aspirin though does cause bleeding by platelet inhibition, use caution. The best test for bleeding is your symptoms.
Last updated Aug 1, 2018


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