September 13, 2019 |
What is it?
Why did my doctor prescribe or recommend it?
Is it Effective?
How does it work?
How will you know if it is working?
Are there safety concerns?
Are there any interactions with medications?
Fish oils may slow blood clotting. Taking fish oils along with medications that also slow clotting may increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Medications for high blood pressure:
Fish oils may decrease blood pressure. Taking fish oils along with medications for high blood pressure may cause your blood pressure to go too low. Fish oil also might improve your blood pressure if it is too high. Good blood pressure control is an important part of treating IgA nephropathy. Target blood pressure for people with kidney disease is 130/80 mm Hg or lower.
What doses are recommended?
We recommend that you take a total of 1000-1200 mg DHA and 1800-2000 mg EPA. This means taking 5-10 capsules of fish oil each day.
How should you take?
It is best to divide your capsules two or three times per day with meals (e.g. if 10 capsules required each day, take 4 with breakfast, 3 with lunch, 3 with supper).
What products are recommended?
The product you are using should specify on the label exactly how much DHA and EPA are present in each capsule.
If you are using a product other than one listed in the table, please bring it with you to your next Renal Health Clinic appointment so we can verify that it is appropriate.
Fish oil products available:
|Store*||DHA/EPA Content (mg)/capsule||Required dose||Cost**||Cost/month**|
|Webber Naturals Omega-3 Mini Softgels (easy swallow)||Costco||120/180||10 capsules||$19.99/360||$15.00|
|Exact Super Concentrate Omega-3 1170 mg||Superstore||200/400||5 capsules||$29.99/240||$18.70|
|Webber Naturals Double Strength Omega-3 600 mg||Superstore||200/400||5 capsules||$19.97/80||$37.50|
|Webber Naturals Wilkd Alaskan Salmon & Fish Oil||Superstore||120/180||10 capsules||$19.97/220||$27.00|
|NutraSea Omega-3 Liquid (in different flavors- lemon, mango)||Superstore||500/750 per teaspoon (5 mL)||2 teaspoons (10 mL)||$23.99/200 mL||$36.00|
|Equate Omega-3 1000 mg||Walmart||200/300||6 capsules||$10.97/200||$9.00|
|Equate Omega-3 1000 mg||Walmart||120/180||10 capsules||$10.97/300||$12.00|
|Equate Wild Alaskan Salmon & Fish Oil 1000 mg||Walmart||120/180||10 capsules||$12.97/300||$12.00|
|Jamieson Salmon Oil Omega 3 Complex||Walmart||120/80||10 capsules||$11.97/200||$15.00|
|Health First Omega First Riple Fish Oil (liquid)||Vita Health||550/850 per teaspoon (5 mL)||2 teaspoons (10 mL)||$23.00/250 mL||$26.39|
|Natural Factors Rx Omega-3 600 mg||Vita Health||200/400||5 capsules||$26.99/150||$27.00|
* Product may also be available at other stores.
**Prices as of March 2017
Prepared by: L. Wazny, May 2005. (N. Lee, Revised March 2017, )
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