Review: could Evening Primrose Oil cause Fibromyalgia?


Fibromyalgia is found among people who take Evening Primrose Oil, especially for people who are female, 30-39 old , have been taking the drug for 10+ years, also take medication Escitalopram, and have Breast cancer . We study 331 people who have side effects while taking Evening primrose oil from FDA and social media. Among them, 6 have Fibromyalgia. Find out below who they are, when they have Fibromyalgia and more.

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Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil has active ingredients of evening primrose oil. It is often used in premenstrual syndrome. (latest outcomes from Evening primrose oil 392 users)


Fibromyalgia (a long-term condition which causes pain all over the body) has been reported by people with pain, drug ineffective, feeling abnormal, insomnia, fatigue (latest reports from 32,109 Fibromyalgia patients).

On Aug, 25, 2016

331 people reported to have side effects when taking Evening Primrose Oil.
Among them, 6 people (1.81%) have Fibromyalgia

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Evening primrose oil cause Fibromyalgia?

Time on Evening Primrose Oil when people have Fibromyalgia *:

  • < 1 month: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 0.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 100 %

Gender of people who have Fibromyalgia when taking Evening Primrose Oil *:

  • female: 83.33 %
  • male: 16.67 %

Age of people who have Fibromyalgia when taking Evening Primrose Oil *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 0.0 %
  • 30-39: 60 %
  • 40-49: 0.0 %
  • 50-59: 0.0 %
  • 60+: 40 %

Severity if Fibromyalgia when taking Evening Primrose Oil **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 0.0 %
  • severe: 100 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

How people recovered from Fibromyalgia **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 100 %
  • not yet: 0.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Pain (3 people)
  • Breast Cancer (3 people)
  • Hay Fever (2 people)
  • Complicated Migraine (2 people)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (2 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Vitamin D (3 people)
  • Psyllium (3 people)
  • Escitalopram (3 people)
  • Omega-3 Oil (2 people)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (2 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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