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Prenatal DHA

Generic name: omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acidsoh-MAY-ga-3 POL-ee-un-SAT-yoo-ray-ted-FAT-ee-AS-ids ]
Brand names: Dry Eye Omega Benefits, Fish Oil, Lovaza, MegaKrill, Nature's Bounty Red Krill Oil, ... show all 12 brands
Drug class: Nutraceutical products

Medically reviewed by on Aug 3, 2021. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Prenatal DHA?

Prenatal DHA are used together with diet and exercise to help lower triglyceride levels in the blood.

It is not known if Prenatal DHA will prevent a heart attack or stroke. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors.

Prenatal DHA may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.


Follow all directions on the label and package. Use exactly as directed.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Prenatal DHA if you are allergic to Prenatal DHA or soybeans.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I take Prenatal DHA?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

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

Take with food.

You may need frequent blood tests.

You may need to follow a special diet. Follow all instructions of your doctor or dietitian. Learn about the foods you should eat or avoid.

Tell your doctor if you have a planned surgery.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. 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 Prenatal DHA?

Avoid eating foods high in fat or cholesterol, or Prenatal DHA will not be as effective.

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

Prenatal DHA 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.

Prenatal DHA may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • chest pain; or

  • uneven heartbeats.

Common side effects of Prenatal DHA 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.

What other drugs will affect Prenatal DHA?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

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

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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.