Review: could Fish Oil cause Diarrhea?


Summary

Diarrhea is found among people who take Fish Oil, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Aspirin, and have Hypertension . We study 41,380 people who have side effects while taking Fish oil from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,271 have Diarrhea. Find out below who they are, when they have Diarrhea and more.

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Fish Oil

Fish oil has active ingredients of fish oil. It is often used in supplementation therapy. (latest outcomes from Fish oil 45,554 users)

Diarrhea

Diarrhea has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, fever, rashes, drug ineffective, weakness (latest reports from 253,439 Diarrhea patients).

On Sep, 16, 2016

41,380 people reported to have side effects when taking Fish Oil.
Among them, 2,271 people (5.49%) have Diarrhea


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Fish oil cause Diarrhea?

Time on Fish Oil when people have Diarrhea *:

  • < 1 month: 20 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 12 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 16 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 8 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 28 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 12 %
  • 10+ years: 4 %

Gender of people who have Diarrhea when taking Fish Oil *:

  • female: 65.77 %
  • male: 34.23 %

Age of people who have Diarrhea when taking Fish Oil *:

  • 0-1: 0.05 %
  • 2-9: 0.16 %
  • 10-19: 0.6 %
  • 20-29: 2.07 %
  • 30-39: 4.14 %
  • 40-49: 9.21 %
  • 50-59: 22.4 %
  • 60+: 61.36 %

Severity if Diarrhea when taking Fish Oil **:

  • least: 5.26 %
  • moderate: 63.16 %
  • severe: 31.58 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

How people recovered from Diarrhea **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 11.76 %
  • not yet: 88.24 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Hypertension (245 people, 10.79%)
  • Blood Cholesterol Increased (175 people, 7.71%)
  • Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease (143 people, 6.30%)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (133 people, 5.86%)
  • Crohn's Disease (129 people, 5.68%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Aspirin (434 people, 19.11%)
  • Vitamin D (319 people, 14.05%)
  • Lipitor (249 people, 10.96%)
  • Calcium (243 people, 10.70%)
  • Lisinopril (216 people, 9.51%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Nausea (607 people, 26.73%)
  • Fatigue (462 people, 20.34%)
  • Vomiting (429 people, 18.89%)
  • Pain (266 people, 11.71%)
  • Headache (265 people, 11.67%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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