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Is Fish Oil Effective?Fish oil has been studied much more than most dietary supplements and appears to be effective for several uses. Some uses have more scientific evidence than others (see Does Fish Oil Work? for more information).
Dosing InformationBecause fish oil has been extensively studied, there is information available about its dosing. However, there has been less research done on fish oil uses, so the most effective (and safe) doses have not yet been established.
Drug Interactions With Fish OilIt can potentially interact with several medications (see Fish Oil Drug Interactions).
SafetyNormal doses of fish oil are probably safe for most people, although high doses can cause problems. Some people may be more likely to experience problems when taking it. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this supplement if you have:
- A bleeding disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Familial adenomatous polyposis, a genetic condition involving colon polyps
- An implanted heart defibrillator
- A weakened immune system, often due to cancer, HIV, or AIDS
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods (especially fish), dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Pregnancy and Fish Oil)
- Breastfeeding (see Fish Oil and Breastfeeding).