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EPA Fish Oil

Generic name: omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acidsoh-MAY-ga-3 POL-ee-un-SAT-yoo-ray-ted-FAT-ee-AS-ids ]
Brand names: Animi-3 with Vitamin D, BP Vit 3, Cardio Omega Benefits, Dry Eye Omega Benefits, EPA Fish Oil, ... show all 50 brands
Drug class: Nutraceutical products

Medically reviewed by on Jul 19, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is EPA Fish Oil?

Certain prescription EPA Fish Oil are used in adults, together with diet to help lower triglyceride levels in the blood.

EPA Fish Oil may also be used in combination with other vitamins in adults and children as a dietary supplement.

EPA Fish Oil may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

EPA Fish Oil side effects

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

EPA Fish Oil may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

Common side effects of EPA Fish Oil may include:

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.


Use only as directed and follow all directions on the label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use EPA Fish Oil if you are allergic to EPA Fish Oil, soy, fish or shellfish.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking EPA Fish Oil if you have any health problems.

Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had:

It is not known if EPA Fish Oil will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Ask a doctor if it is safe to breastfeed while using EPA Fish Oil.

Do not give any herbal or health supplement to a child without medical advice.

How should I take EPA Fish Oil?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.

The recommended daily dose of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids changes with age. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. You may also consult the Office of Dietary Supplements of the NIH, or the USDA Nutrient Database of recommended daily allowances for more information.

Over the counter (OTC) products should not be used to replace medication prescribed for you by your doctor. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if it is safe to use this product.

Take with food.

Swallow the capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.

You must chew the chewable tablet before you swallow it.

Measure liquid medicine with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

Your dose needs may change if you switch to a different brand, strength, or form of this medicine. Avoid medication errors by using exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Your treatment may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and blood tests.

Tell your doctor if you have a planned surgery.

Store tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

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

What should I avoid while taking EPA Fish Oil?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Avoid using EPA Fish Oil together with other herbal/health supplements that can also affect blood-clotting. This includes angelica (dong quai), capsicum, clove, dandelion, danshen, evening primrose, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, horse chestnut, Panax ginseng, poplar, red clover, saw palmetto, turmeric, and willow.

What other drugs will affect EPA Fish Oil?

Do not take EPA Fish Oil without medical advice if you are using any of the following medications:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect EPA Fish Oil, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

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Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.