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Omega-3 fish oils

What is it?

Omega-3 fish oils are an herbal medicine/supplement used for inflammation, immune function, blood vessel activity, and blood clotting. The most widely accepted use of omgea-3 fish oils is in cardiovascular health.

Other names for Omega-3 fish oils include: Cod Liver Oil, Docosahexaenoic acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you


Talk with your caregiver about how much omega-3 fish oils you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking omega-3 fish oils. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take omega-3 fish oils without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:


Side Effects: Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.


1. Buckley MS, Goff AD & Knapp W: Fish oil interaction with warfarin. Ann Pharmacother 2004; 38:50-53.

Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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