Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements and Prescriptions
Side Effects of Prescription Omega-3s
Common side effects of prescription omega-3s vary according to the type of prescription.
Side effects of Epanova include:
- Stomach pain
Side effects of Lovaza include:
- Unpleasant taste in mouth
- Upset stomach
A common side effect of Vascepa is joint pain.
Prescription omega-3 fatty acids or high doses of omega-3 supplements may also affect the blood's ability to clot. People who take blood-thinning medications should be aware of this precaution if they also take omega-3s. Talk to your doctor if you take blood thinning medicines, such as Coumadin (warfarin) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Omega-3 fatty acids lower high triglyceride levels, but brands that contain DHA may raise levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol. This could be a problem if you also have high cholesterol, which often goes hand-in-hand with high triglycerides.