FISH OIL

23 Aug 2019

Generic Name : OMEGA-3 POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS

ABSTRACT –

Fish oil is used as a capsule medication that contains omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. These acids are produced in oils from different types of fishes, plants and vegetables. This medication helps to lower the level of triglyceride in the blood. Not only this, fish oil also helps patients having problems like heart disease, stroke, bypass surgery, high blood pressure, and transplants. It improves the immunity of the body and improves muscle strength.

DOSAGE –

    • Fish Oil has to be taken as directed by the doctors.
    • Adult dosages:

Oral Capsule: 4 grams daily

SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Bleeding gums
  • Cough
  • Paralysis
  • Prolonged bleeding from cuts
  • Fast or irregular heartbeats
  • Headache
  • Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids
  • Difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Skin rashes
  • Red or dark brown urine
  • Sweating
  • Increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
  • Nosebleeds
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness

RARE SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • Belching
  • Excess air or gas in the stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Change in taste
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach discomfort, upset, or pain

DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Argatroban
  • Aspirin
  • Betrixaban
  • Flurbiprofen
  • Fondaparinux
  • Heparin
  • Indomethacin
  • Warfarin
  • Ketoprofen
  • Streptokinase
  • Sulfinpyrazone
  • Ketorolac
  • Piroxicam
  • Ibuprofen
  • Iloprost
  • Rivaroxaban
  • Bivalirudin
  • Bromfenac
  • Cangrelor

Fish Oil has moderate interactions with 71 different drugs.

PRECAUTIONS –

  • This drug contains inactive ingredients which may result in allergic reactions. So a pharmacist must be consulted before consuming it.
  • It is of utmost necessity to discuss any medical history related to diabetes, pancreas disorder, underactive thyroid, and liver disease.
  • Avoid consuming large amounts of alcoholic beverages.
  • It is not recommended to puncture the fish oil capsule while consuming it. It needs to be swallowed.

PREGNANCY AND LACTATION WITH FISH OIL:

  • Use of Fish Oil in pregnancy may be acceptable only if the benefits exceed the risks involved.
  • Studies in animal pregnancy have shown adverse effects on fetus. But no adequate studies have been found in humans to access the damage involved.
  • Fish Oil transfers into breast milk. Preferable precautions must be taken during breast feeding.

WARNINGS –

  • Reach your doctor immediately if any of the severe signs occur like difficulty in breathing; swelling on lips, throat, and tongue; and rashes.
  • This medication should not be administered to anyone below 18 years of age.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

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