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Information about Oleomed Heart

Brand Name(s): Natural Fish Oil, Oleomed Heart, ZonePerfect Omega 3

Generic Name Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids caspule

What are fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids caspules?

FISH OIL, OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS ( Omacor® and others) are essential fats obtained from eating fish and other seafood. Only Omacor®, a prescription product, has received FDA approval to help lower triglycerides (a blood fat) in patients with high triglyceride values. The product should be used in conjunction with a diet designed to be heart-healthy.

Fish oil capsules are also often promoted to reduce heart disease risk, to help with symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, to lower high triglyceride levels, and for many other purposes for which research is not yet substantial enough. Because supplements are still controversial and many health experts do not recommend fish oil capsules as a substitute for fish in the diet at this time. Most fish oil supplements are not officially endorsed by the FDA for any medical uses. Many different brands of fish oil capsules are available.

Fatty fish like albacore tuna, halibut, herring, mackerel, lake trout, salmon, and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fish contain roughly 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids per 3.5 ounces of fish. If you would like to improve your dietary intake of fish oils, many experts recommend eating up to 2 fish servings per week in the diet. Eating fish as part of a low fat diet may improve heart health and have other health benefits.

What should my health care professional know before I use fish oil?

It is important for you to tell your prescriber or health care professional or other health care professional that you are using fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids, particularly if you have a chronic health condition.

Talk to your health care provider BEFORE taking fish oil supplements if you have any of the following conditions:

  • asthma or other lung disease
  • blood vessel disease
  • diabetes mellitus or high blood sugar levels
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • history of heart attack or other heart disease
  • inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • migraine headaches
  • mood disorders like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fish, seafoods or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Fish oil capsules should be taken orally (i.e., swallowed). Swallow capsules with water or other liquid. Taking these products with food or meals may limit stomach discomfort. Omacor® is recommended to be taken with meals. Follow the directions on the prescription or product label, or consult your health care professional for advice.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Fish oil supplements should not be used in children without a prescriber's advice.

What if I miss a dose?

Missing a dose is probably not harmful. If you miss a dose, simply resume taking this supplement when the next dose is due. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with fish oil?

  • aspirin
  • clopidogrel
  • cilostazol
  • dalteparin, enoxaparin or other injectable blood thinners
  • dipyridamole
  • heparin
  • herbal products like danshen, dong quai, garlic pills, ginger, ginkgo biloba, horse chestnut, willow bark, and others
  • medications for high blood pressure
  • ticlopidine
  • warfarin

For many nutritional supplements, interactions with other medications are unknown. That is why you should always be careful when mixing fish oil supplements with traditional medications. If you take any other medications, consult with your health care professional prior to taking fish oil.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from using fish oil?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • changes in your moods or emotions
  • easy bruising
  • nosebleeds
  • skin rash or unusual skin reaction

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bad breath (fishy breath)
  • belching
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • stomach upset
  • weight gain

What should I watch for while taking fish oil?

Since fish oils are derived from marine life, allergic reactions are possible. Stop using this product if you develop a rash. You may need to see your health care professional, or inform them that this occurred. Report any other unusual side effects promptly.

It may take several weeks of fish oil use before you notice an improvement in your symptoms and/or blood tests that are monitored by your prescriber. You should contact your health care professional for advice prior to prolonged use of fish oils.

Different brands of fish oil might contain different amounts of these oils so you may wish to consistently use the same brand. It is recommended that you use a brand from a reliable manufacturer. Your health care professional or pharmacist can assist you in finding a product.

If you are going to have elective surgery, you may need to stop taking this supplement before the procedure. Let your health care professional know you are taking fish oil capsules prior to scheduling the surgery.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F; do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS:

Dietary supplements include amino acids, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other plant-derived substances, and extracts of these substances. Products are easy to identify as they must state 'Dietary Supplement' on the label. A 'Supplement Facts' panel is provided on the label for most products. Supplements are not drugs and are not regulated like pharmaceuticals. You should note that rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. Differences in the potency and purity of these products can occur. Scientific data to support the use of a dietary supplement for a certain condition may not be available. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:

  • Always read product labels and follow directions.
  • Look for products containing ingredients with the 'USP' notation. This indicates the manufacturer followed the standards of the US Pharmacopoeia.
  • 'Natural' doesn't mean a product is safe for humans to consume.
  • Supplements produced or distributed by a nationally known food or drug company are more likely to be made under tight controls as these companies have standards in place for their other products. You can write to the company or manufacturer for more information about the conditions under which the products are made.


(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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