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omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

Pronunciation: oh MAY ga 3 POL ee un SAT yoo ray ted FAT ee AS ids

Brand: Animi-3, Animi-3 with Vitamin D, Cardio Omega Benefits, Divista, Dry Eye Omega Benefits, EPA Fish Oil, Fish Oil, Fish Oil Ultra, Flex Omega Benefits, Icar Prenatal Essential Omega-3, Lovaza, Marine Lipid Concentrate, MaxEPA, MaxiTears Dry Eye Formula, MaxiVision Omega-3 Formula, Mi-Omega NF, Mom's Omega Advantage, Omega Essentials, Omega Essentials Basic, Sea-Omega, Sea-Omega 30, TheraTears Nutrition, TherOmega, Vascazen

What is the most important information I should know about omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids?

Take this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Multum donot

Swallow the omega-3 polyunsaturated capsule whole. Do not puncture or open the capsule.

This medication is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

There may be other drugs that can interact with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Multum emt

Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or is especially bothersome.

What is omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids?

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in oil from certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources. These fatty acids are not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids work by lowering the body's production of triglycerides. High levels of triglycerides can lead to coronary artery disease, heart disease, and stroke.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are used together with diet and exercise to help lower triglyceride levels in the blood.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids?

Multum donot

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to fish or soybeans.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist about using this medicine if you have:

  • diabetes;
  • liver disease;
  • a pancreas disorder;
  • underactive thyroid;
  • if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day.
Multum nopreg

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Multum nobrfeed

It is not known whether omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids pass into breast milk or if this could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Multum nochild

Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.

How should I take omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Multum donot

Swallow the omega-3 polyunsaturated capsule whole. Do not puncture or open the capsule.

Multum food

This medication works best if you take it with food.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

This medication is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

Multum rt

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Multum emt

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids?

Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. This medication will not be as effective in lowering your triglycerides if you do not follow the diet plan recommended by your doctor.

Multum noalcohol

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase triglycerides and may make your condition worse.

What are the possible side effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids?

Multum emt

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Multum donot

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • chest pain; or
  • uneven heartbeats.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • back pain;
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • upset stomach, belching; or
  • mild skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • estrogens (birth control pills or hormone replacement);
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
  • a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Dutoprol, Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others; or
  • a diuretic (water pill) such as chlorothiazide (Diuril), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDIURIL, Microzide), chlorthalidone (Hygroton, Thalitone), indapamide (Lozol), metolazone (Mykrox, Zaroxolyn), and others.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last modified on: 2 April 2014


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